Do “Feminist” Pakistani Ads Actually Empower Women?

Every trend is a chance for companies to make more money and nothing is sacred. Whether or not their brand values truly align with those beliefs, they will exploit that trend. We have seen it all from #PaariHoRahiHai to special Ramazan deals. It is no secret that deeply patriarchal societies like Pakistan hate feminists and the #MeToo movement. Well organized incel groups waste no time … Continue reading Do “Feminist” Pakistani Ads Actually Empower Women?

Item Songs, Male Gaze & Media’s Portrayal of Women

I would like to start by saying that I respect women in the media who are struggling to make a place for themselves. It is no secret that they are offered poor choices to begin with and sometimes, they take what they get when they can get it. I mean, it won’t be long before we see Mehwish Hayat playing Humayun’s Saeed’s mother. Item songs … Continue reading Item Songs, Male Gaze & Media’s Portrayal of Women

My Thoughts on Showgirls of Pakistan

My mother is pretty unhappy with WorldCall because their cable quality is just awful these days. There are hardly any channels for her to enjoy and she refuses to get the box to avoid “vulgar stage dramas” they air on their private channels. Everyone is familiar with the newspaper ads for these plays. Busty cleavages censored with black scribbles is a Pakistani trademark in entertainment … Continue reading My Thoughts on Showgirls of Pakistan

Chickens, Wolves & Desi Patriarchy

I’d like to start off with a sincere apology to chickens, turtles, honeycombs, oranges and lollipops everywhere. I’m sorry. I’m sorry that you were sexualized and used in unoriginal misogynist campaigns led by desi men who wanted an excuse to rape women. You have been threatened with drowning, dismemberment and mindless slaughter in the process. Oh, and I would like to state for the record … Continue reading Chickens, Wolves & Desi Patriarchy

Honest Reaction to Rishta Profiles

Hello! I hope your week is going great but if you’re down with a case of the Thursday blues, maybe this will make you laugh. So, my mother forwards me rishta profiles on Whatsapp sometimes but last night, she was feeling a bit too enthusiastic about my wedding and sent four all at once. Luckily, they turned out to be hilarious and I lay there … Continue reading Honest Reaction to Rishta Profiles

Voiceless and Violated: Ella’s Story

We live in a world where gangs creating child pornography get away with their crimes. It shouldn’t come as a surprise when animal abuse goes largely unnoticed. Thanks to the tireless efforts of animal shelters and animal welfare organizations in Pakistan things are slowly changing. Unfortunately, they have reported a significant increase in cases of abandonment and assault during the countrywide lock down especially due … Continue reading Voiceless and Violated: Ella’s Story

When the Hijab is a Burden

Nearly 1400 years ago, the worst society in human history turned into the best one all because one revolutionary dared to be different. “Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to people.” – (Sahih Al-Bukhari 6941, Sahih Muslim 2319) Good things will come to you if you are good to others. It goes without saying that one should at least refrain … Continue reading When the Hijab is a Burden

Book Review: The Dark Ruse by Ashutosh Bansode

Trigger Warning: child abuse Hey! Today I will be reviewing a short story, The Dark Ruse, by Ashutosh Bansode which was published along with four other books in Daastan’s The Stories Untold-Season 4 #IAmZainab. As you might have guessed, theme of this competition was child abuse in all its forms. Daastan chose to spread social awareness after Zainab’s case came to light in the media. … Continue reading Book Review: The Dark Ruse by Ashutosh Bansode

Meaningful Kpop Songs Part 3: Mental Health

Disclaimer: All the lyrics have been quoted from Color Coded Lyrics and I don’t own the rights to any of them. TW: Depression and suicide  Hey! Everyone looks at mental health differently as you will see from these songs that we have all come to love and relate to. Remember to love yourself, do your best, stay positive, speak out and get professional help. People … Continue reading Meaningful Kpop Songs Part 3: Mental Health

Meaningful Kpop Songs: Fighting the System

Hi! How are you all? So, I woke up this morning to some ignorant moron dragging NCT 127’s Simon Says because apparently, the lyrics were pure nonsense. Listen, if you lack the intellectual capacity to understand the problem with a simple children’s game, that’s not NCT’s fault. Despite me being sick, I’ pissed enough to do part 2 of this series. Click click to the … Continue reading Meaningful Kpop Songs: Fighting the System