Africa: The Minicultural Revolution

Miniskirts may be popular with the women who wear them, but in the past few months they have been denounced by ex-President Eisenhower, condemned by Designer Coco Chanel, blasted by King Hassan II of Morocco, banned in Tunisia, prohibited in Rumania, and ridiculed at Ascot. Nowhere, however, has the reaction been as cutting as in the populous copper-belt towns of northern Zambia. There, thigh-high skirts have become the objects of a fanatic "culture campaign" directed by local members of President Kenneth Kaunda's United National Independence Party (U.N.I.P.).

U.N.I.P. officials have decided that brief hemlines are "immoral, un-Zambian" and "sex-ridden flaunted...

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