“Don’t be shy like a new bride”, she said while she pushed me on her couch and tried to force herself on me. “Can I lose my virginity to you?” I fought her off, pushed her away and barely managed to walk out of her apartment. I wasn’t sure what had happened there. Nor did I know what to call it. All I knew is that she tried to do what I had never thought a Pakistani girl would.read more
For starters, desi women need to understand something: If you are still connected to your son via an imaginary umbilical cord, do not get him married. If you allow them to be free and live their life without hindering it in any way now, they will be ever grateful and take proper care of you when you are old and frail and no longer able to even go to the toilet without assistance. Kindness begets kindness; cruelty begets even more cruelty. Remember that.read more
“Facebook informs me that we have three mutual friends.
Which is to say, that he is People You May Know.
Which is to say that I am people you may know,
and there are people that know, and people that don’t know.”
– Kevin Kantor
The media needs to stop playing the victim. The journalist Saima Kanwal follows him twice in the footage recorded, and each time this man tries to avoid her and the camera but she continues to shove the mic in his face demanding him to respond before finally walking up to him and grabbing his collar. What did she expect? No journalist has the right to treat a human being like trash simply for the sake of TRPs.read more
I was made to feel like a “whore” because I was too extroverted, too loud, too out there making friends with everybody at university; and that is not how girls from good backgrounds and respectable households behave if they wish to be married to good, respectable men. Guilt was the driving force of our relationship; it bogged me down and completely took over my every move and thought.read more
The bills call to close the loopholes that previously allowed rapists and perpetrators of honor killing to get off on a light sentence.read more
A Pakistani entrepreneur recently launched an app on iOS, which aims to break the general stereotypes and stigma around menstruation in third world countries. Called MoHim, which is an acronym for Menstrual Health Management and also means “effort” in Urdu, this particular game debunks general myths about menstruation.read more
The Domestic Diaries Series: Episode 1
“Don’t let him take me back,” she begged, tears streaming down her face as she wildly looked around the room like a caged animal.
My khala turned to Jugnu’s son Mohammad and said, “such a strong boy! You are a strong boy, aren’t you? You’ll take care of your mother yes?” And the little four-year-old got up huffing and walked over to the bed, before promising to do just that; with his wide eyes glued to his hysterical mother as she continued to weep her heart out.
Regardless of the availability of National ID Cards for the Khawaja Sara community, she stated that they still found major difficulties in every other aspect of their lives. “We are not considered worthy enough to employ to decent jobs, and when we are given a chance we are told to dress properly – like a man. How will the men feel if I hired one of you and asked you to come to work the next day in a dupatta with lipstick on your face?”read more
An initiative of Y-Films, the youth division of Yash Raj Films, Man’s World is a four-part comic web series showcasing a fantasy world where women are the dominant gender in an effort to humorously bring attention to the gender based discrimination faced by women in the daily lives.read more