How torn underwear tears LOVE
JECKONIA OTIENO and SOPHIA KHAKASA expose the dirty little secrets we hide beneath our fashionable clothes.
Underwear, believe it or not, comes in all shapes, colours and sizes — many of them a walking disaster. So in case you are wondering why your newly found lover suddenly disappeared — no more phone calls and text messages — blame it on that black nylon underwear you wore on your last date.
For all their dirt, men admire clean white underwear. In fact, many of them dream of a romantic night with a partner in sexy underwear. No wonder a few years back, the hit song Adhiambo Sianda (translated Adhiambo’s bottoms) became one of the most popular songs in Nyanza because the musician, Otieno Rachar, sings in praise of a woman’s white underwear.
But a Facebook post recently revealed that if people were to be stripped naked, more than three-quarters of the handsome and beautiful people walking on the streets would be accused of witchcraft on account of their underwear. The post even accused some Kenyan men of not washing their innerwear — which quite often are just rags — for weeks on ends.
Surprisingly, it also said that some women are shockingly dirty.
Wanjugu, 27, an accountant with a law firm in Nairobi, got the shock of his life when he visited a woman he had been chasing for weeks.
"When I went to her bathroom, I noticed that she’d hang a panty that was old and terribly stained to dry on a nail. I was disgusted. I pretended to have a headache and left an hour later. I just couldn’t touch her and have never called her again," says Wanjugu.
While most men won’t be bothered to buy new underwear and can wear the same rags for years, the worrying trend among women is that many of them walk around with a hole in their underwear.
"Nothing puts a man off than a well dressed woman wearing torn stuff underneath. It smacks of carelessness and irresponsibility. I would not associate with such a woman," says Makali Otswila, a musician in Mombasa.
Makali wonders why a woman would invest thousands in her hair but neglect her most prized possession. "It means she is just pretending to be nice on the outside but is actually rotten on the inside."