OVER the years, social media has been recognized in many countries including Zambia to be a dominant vehicle in terms of raising cognizance on a number of issues affecting the community.
Away from its use as a social schmoozing tool, it also lets an individual to share content and opinions which may be both constructive and caustic. This is a fact.
But many Zambians will agree that the tag of our social media being indomitable of bringing out many issues affecting people is no more because it has also become a toxic mirror.
It is believed that the most susceptible users are the ones who spend most of their time posting, remarking on and paralleling themselves to pictures.
Admittedly social media is a delightful way to link with others, share know-hows and thoughts and express notions. But it can also have a shadowy side for body image, which requires a critical and solicitous tactic to counteract.
Truly no one can deny that social media in Zambia has continued to take on a progressively significant character in the society as a vital expansion in the advancement of the media.
However the story of a Lusaka marriage counselor who has called for the arrest of a social media blogger popularly known as aunty Milly for her continued defamatory postings targeted at women can easily force many of us to come out with a different standpoint.
Ms Judith Mwila a mentor and a marriage councillor said it was immoral for an elderly person like aunty Milly to be talking about female reproductive organs in that manner on social media.
She wondered who the lady was targeting by posting derogatory statements on social media which could be accessed by any person.
Ms Mwila said female private parts were supposed to be respected adding such postings could encourage promiscuity among young ladies.
“It’s immoral to say the least. I don’t expect her to talk like that on social media. It’s something immoral and young ladies should not take such advice,
“We are in an era where we are trying to fight cervical cancer but with such teaching where someone is talking about the size of female organs, young ladies can end up using other things to tighten them,” she said
She wondered who Milly was targeting for her to be posting such issues on Facebook, adding that she did not mean well for young people.
She further called for the arrest of Ms Milly for allegedly circulating pornography by word of mouth.
And Ms Florence Chunga described the conduct of Ms Milly as disrespectful to women folks.
“That was bad as a woman I don’t think she is married because a married woman cannot talk like that. She can’t be saying that on the face book where children can also read her posting,” she said.
Aunty Milly has been posting videos on social media describing how good her private parts were.
In her latest video, which she posted on Sunday evening, Ms Milly said that women that did not take good care of their private parts were bound to lose their marriages.
She said that women should ensure that there their private parts were tight, adding that was why older men were complaining that most women’s private parts were as wide as a horse’s mouth..
In another video Ms Milly boasted that despite being old, her private parts were tight.
Do not dogmatize us, social media is a superb way to bond with others, share ideas and other useful information, but it can be full of cynicism which requires a diagnostic and solicitous slant to ballast.
However it may be innocuous to deduce that social media in Zambia today has taken the centre stage in cyber bullying, assault of privacy and personality thievery.