Quick scroll through comments on the Aurat March:

1. Men blaming us for not representing other women
2. Men calling us out for not being able to tolerate domestic violence
3. Men incapable of learning from us about women.
4. Telling us what and how to speak about our own issues
After an overview of the hostility and hate speech on Aurat March, I am convinced each year there are more rallying men under the disturbingly aggressive Twitter threads dedicated to passing conclusive social legislation about the vulgarity slogans & women are getting out of hand
Truthfully, writing that last sentence shot my BP enough to forget that I am still at work. I put in the hours, pay bills bro - but we all know my female body is politicised, commodified & enslaved by all social agencies that privilege men every single day of the -ing year. SIGH
No matter what "class" a man belongs to here in Pakistan, women are considered to be second class citizens. We will be gawked at, followed, casually harassed on the street by anyone - BECAUSE the law is made to favour men. If you do not see this inequality, you are blind friend.
When I wanted to explore public spaces in Pakistan as a teenager. I deeply felt the realisation that I am not a welcomed presence. My interactions with men are forced, guarded and careful. You want us to stationed as guards and takes punches. Start by letting us out of the house.
Start by acknowledging that the few empowered women in our country struggled for their success and independence. We are still in the dark ages where our value is attached to carrying on the line of succession. We don't need permission to Aurat March, this is our right to speak.

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