Underwear crackdown

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No more women’s underwear in Uzbek capital city of Tashkent

Uzbekistan authorities have banned the sale of women’s underwear in the Sergeliysky district of Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent. Otabek Sadykov, new head of district was shocked to see ladies bras and panties on sale in Uzbek shops. Being efficient, he promptly issued an order putting a stop to the display of lingerie and any kind of underwear for women in shops.

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The district’s tax authorities support this decision because “it’s improper for Uzbeks, if children see them.” Underwear shops in the district have been closed down, resulting in immediate birth of brand new, “under the counter,” lingerie black market economy. Uzbek merchants have learned to adapt quickly so this new ban will only succeed in reducing tax revenue from all underwear sales.

This is not the first ban on “sexy” items in Uzbekistan. Fur-lined underwear is already banned in Uzbekistan since authorities deem it too sexy. Nobody in Uzbekistan is allowed to sell or wear fur-lined undies. Now, I wonder how do they determine who is potential “law breaker?” Do they perform random street stop searches? Official reason for prohibiting sale and usage of fur-lined underwear is because the soft fur can cause erotic fantasies.

Uzbekistan has a rather strange approach to this issue. Even love scenes from movies are cut on public Uzbek TV. When the movie comes to interesting moments, regional media authorities just cut them off and play commercials instead. After the love scene is finished you are allowed to continue watching the movie.

You have to wonder how does Uzbek version of “Nine ½ weeks” looks likes? When Mickey Rourke opens the fridge, do you get to see a local dairy producer commercial?

Uzbekistan, a former Soviet Union Socialist republic, is Central Asia’s most populous country with a population of 28.1 million people. The post-Soviet Constitution of the Uzbekistan claims that ‘democracy in the Republic of Uzbekistan shall be based upon common human principles, according to which the highest value shall be the human being, his life, freedom, honor, dignity and other inalienable rights.’ However, Uzbekistan bans all religious activities not approved by the government and, since 2000, there is a rising support of the Islamists.

So, if for some strange reason you decide to travel to Uzbekistan, remember to throw out all fur lined undies out of your luggage. You really do not want to learn how Uzbek prisons look like.


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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.