We’ve lived by way of an extended historical past of Pakistanis behaving badly with women: typically , different occasions we need to forestall them from working, and in excessive instances .
So we have been ready for a backlash towards the women’s marches that befell throughout Pakistan on International Women’s Day. We accepted that the majority Pakistanis would react badly to the spectre of women taking to the streets en masse to name for equal rights.
What we WEREN’T ready for is how one little poster about meals — one poster among the many lots of of posters carried at these aurat marches — would rework an enormous variety of Pakistani men into emotional wrecks.
This is the poster we’re speaking about:
As quickly as footage of this poster made their approach on-line, the backlash was immense. Popular Facebook pages took offense to the submit and crafted memes mocking desi feminism and women typically. Men took to Twitter to precise their indignation too.
All of this had us scratching our heads. WHY was this poster so offensive to men? Did they not perceive that the poster was a easy name to finish gender stereotyping? That men and women ought to each be inspired to do home tasks, and that splitting family chores is an important step in the direction of equality? Apparently not.
Thankfully some women and men on social media clapped again utilizing logic.
So, to this man character-assassinating the lady carrying the now notorious ‘khana’ poster…
…we might wish to say: develop up
Yeah. Seriously, did you simply take us again to A’Levels? Maybe if you wish to be taken critically by women it is best to current a greater argument.
And to this man who thinks desi feminists are ONLY involved about ‘equal rights within the kitchen’…
…we might wish to say: perform some research on what the Aurat March was really all about
Yep. Did anybody even learn the manifesto for Karachi’s Aurat March, which referred to as for financial justice, reproductive justice and environmental justice? The aurat marches occurring across the nation featured lots of of posters that talked about rights for transgender individuals, bodily insecurity, rape and extra.
And but we will solely give attention to a poster about meals? Hmm.
And to this different man who additionally thinks that trendy feminists are NOT speaking about issues like women’s health amenities or health issues…
…we might wish to say:
And if that is not sufficient, this is some proof that the Aurat March was involved about issues OTHER than dinner.
And to the man who is aware of every little thing about ‘new wave feminism’…
…we need to ask: are you able to index your tweet please?
Not solely does this individual make a totally random assumption concerning the women known as “new wave desi feminists”, he/she forgets that it’s widespread for each younger women and men to have their mother and father pay for his or her school diploma. The poster requires equal distribution of house responsibilities and in case you anticipate women to pay again their mother and father’ monetary help with home chores, then the identical ought to be anticipated of their brothers. That’s all of the poster is making an attempt to convey.
Also… what’s a tampoon?
And to the gentleman who believes that his good behaviour means all men are as “respectful and dedicated” as him:
…we might wish to say: #NotAllMen.
Here’s a actuality verify:
Also, there have been of home violence occurring after women did not meet men’s expectations within the kitchen. So, do you really assume it’s women who have to “mature”?
And to the men who consider that they need to be exempted from historically male duties too…
Let us inform you that it’s already occurring:
While it’d be nice for all women to do their very own buying, change their very own tyre, and so on, it’s essential to recognise that women aren’t socialised to carry out these actions, so they do not essentially have the arrogance and expertise to do them. So once more, the poster is a name for an finish to gender roles and the hope is that it galvanises each women and men to brush up on some primary life expertise.