BARBADOS (Naked Departure) — OPEN LETTER — To you the women of Barbados, no time is greater in history than now, for you to take back yourselves, your children and your femininity. You have offered to Barbadian men your sacredness, if those Bajan men would be but faithful holders of your trust. Alas, you were betrayed by men who sought sexual gratification at the expense of you and your children, women of Barbados. Affairs among grown ups, and matters of the heart, happen often, but when innocent children are violently sexualized not by total strangers, but by their own fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, the time for passive discourse must end.
If you the women of Barbados do not stand united against the tyranny of sexual deviance, then like the male perpetrators of these vicious sexual acts, you to are culpable. The arbitrary and capricious nature of self-indulgent sexual predators, have for years laid wastelands to your emotional states, and the emotional health of your children.
By doing nothing to protect your children from sexually calculated deviant behavior in your homes, schools, churches and communal settings, you may very well have bred and nurtured in your own homes “Super Sexual Predators,” in the form of your children. Barbadian women IF NOT NOW, WHEN? When will you secure the safety of a humane, nurturing environment for yourselves and your children? I have purposely excluded Barbadian men from the question of familial and emotional dialogue, because the exhibition of promiscuous territorialized sexual behavior, seems to be the only thing many Bajan men are capable of.
You the women of Barbados must come to sensible conclusions based on reality not fiction, about love, sex, matrimonial affairs and family life in this century, or face the prospect of extinction as a specie. The emotional make up of Barbados is changing, and what once was, no longer is. Every specie adapts to change, but as the flow of life occurs in Barbados, the prevailing winds and sands of time offers precious little with regards to the safety, and security of Barbadian women, children and Barbados’ elderly.
If you understand history, women of Barbados, then you should be mindful that the collapse of all great societies, started with the mistreatment of women, children and the elderly. The crystal ball through which so many see the future, is to be seen from the past of so many Bajan women. Your past may not determine your futures, women of Barbados, but your past is a good start on the journey to your futures.
If the melodic voice of Sam Cooke is right, then “A change is gonna come.” The women of Barbados should seek to renew, rebirth, reinvigorate, from the mental misery that has tortured them for so very long now. Victor Callender