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It is unfortunate, but true, that being a woman in Pakistan is a tough job. You cannot go out without being constantly stared at by a number of unwelcome eyes and men unashamedly pass lecherous comments if you happen to pass by them in a busy alley. But why must women be compared to beautifully wrapped toffees and men to bees who just cannot handle the ‘sweet scent’?
Women rights is already a huge issue in Pakistan; from street harassment, domestic violence to honour killing, women bear the major brunt in this patriarchal society. The concept of Alpha male and submissiveness of females (to men’s physical power or harassment) is glorified to an extent that it is now embedded deep within our psyche and culture.
So much so that the fashion industry, that is usually seen as a tool to portray better image of Pakistan, is also seen promoting the wrong ideas through their ads and photo-shoots.
Our drama industry has played its role in romanticizing female harassment as ‘heroes’ are often seen kidnapping women and marrying them on gunpoint or stalking them to colleges and offices. Now, it seems the fashion industry has taken a leaf out of these popular drama serials.
Drama serials, where a slap to your wife means you care about her so much that you cannot bear to let her speak her mind, clutching her wrists tightly is a sign that you’re hurt and muting her out and staring at her luridly while she’s making a strong argument is the epitome of romance, right?
Wrong! Slapping her means that you want to show you can silence her whenever you want through show of power, clutching her wrists proves you want to hurt her like she hurt you but since you aren’t intelligent enough to do it verbally, you resort to physical violence, and staring at her lips while she is arguing is anything but romantic.
It promotes rape culture, proves that you do not value her opinion, and if she does the same (that is, not value your opinion) you can take her down by force because why not!
And why has the feminist in us suddenly become more vocal?
Because this kind of abuse was recently captured in a photo shoot by Ali Xeeshan. How can a industry, which is mainly targeted towards women, show women as species that can be stared at or need to be tamed as shown in this picture below.
The female model is scared and unwilling whereas the male model can be seen “in love”. But FYI, re-enforcing patriarchal values and abuse is anything but fashionable or entertaining!
The internalized misogyny creates a barrier for many women and they end up not speaking up against abuse and different types of harassment. And now the fashion industry is teaching us that harassment is absolutely acceptable, in fact, desirable.
But Twiterrati don’t agree and, hence, designer Saira Shakira was taken to task for promoting and endorsing street harassment and patriarchal values through fashion.
It is disturbing, to say the least, that such objectification is being promoted by the apparent educated elite designers whose main target audience is women and it would be even more disturbing if women accept it and move on.
People are calling out the designers and although Saira Shakira cropped the pictures, getting rid of the leering men, it doesn’t explain why they approved such a photo shoot. Let’s assume the design house wanted to give the message that women enjoy attention and they’re desirable creatures who’re comfortable in their skin even if a bunch of men ogle at them with weird expressions. But how can we assume this when we’ve yet to meet a woman who enjoys being stared at so lecherously!
To us, it just proves that patriarchal values and misogyny are not just internalised by our society (sadly even the female population), but are also being promoted and re-enforced. The question remains, will we ever be able to escape it?
This article was originally published on http://www.hipinpakistan.com/news/1150519