PakTeaHouse has celebrated the courageous Pakistani woman from the girl in Swat to Tahira Abdullah’s valiant and emotional struggle, from Madar-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah’s life to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s ultimate sacrifice, from SherryRahman to Mukhtaran Mai. Yet it was a single harmless picture of leading Pakistani model Natty that elicited a rather ironic, high pitched and self righteous attack against PakTeaHouse. First it was an accusation of “male chauvinism” and then “objectification of women”. Finally PTH was castigated for not being feminist.
For long I have personally wondered why for all Mullahs and those suffering from the ossified brain cell syndrome everything revolves around the dress of a woman? What if a woman wants to look good? What if Natty wants to look the way she does? Does she not have a choice in the matter? Can’t she do so without being subjected to lectures on either Islam or “objectification”? The fact that she has managed to upset the author of the said post shows that she has harnessed well her femininity as a potent force against those who wish to control women for their power, honor, ideology and other such linguistic complications.
Why does PTH become either 1)unIslamic or 2) unfeminist because it posted a single solitary picture of a good looking woman wearing a harmless party dress? Perhaps people should set aside their dogmas and realize that most of what passes for intellectual analysis is merely a convolution of the language. Check your ideology and religiousity at the door.
Meanwhile so as to stamp home the point that PTH will not be bullied into anything by Thekaydars of religiousity, Pinko-McCarthyism or those who want to oppress women in the name of honor, ideology or culture , I leave you with images from our vibrant and strong fashion industry that has kept aloft the flag of Pakistan.