Yesterday, the internet was stunned by a clip from an upcoming drama “Mein Aisi Kiun Hun”, where it shows that men have found a new way to police and demean women: by the texture of their hair. In the clip, the man was seen calling his wife “badsoorat” because of her curly hair, and even taunts her for giving the same hair texture to their daughter as well.
As if our national obsession with ‘fair complexion’ wasn’t enough , we are now shaming women on ‘curly hair’.
What is this content ???? pic.twitter.com/mlHFekk99z
— Absa Komal (@AbsaKomal) February 9, 2022
The sudden decline of the content produced by our drama industry is horrifying to witness because out of the numerous issues plaguing our society like poverty, crime or the unemployment rates, our dramas consistently target women and keep churning out the same bizzare, poorly written plots that center around controlling women’s bodies. Haven’t Pakistani women gone through enough that already there is limited representation of strong female characters within our entertainment industry, we keep sinking bar with ridiculous dramas like these?
But Pakistani women know the truth: they’re strong, funny and too free-spirited to let some mediocre Bashir control them. They know that curly hair is gorgeous, and they’re gorgeous regardless of what some anonymous man’s opinion. They also know that the best way to respond to some random triggered dude trying to tell them to hate their bodies is through the best way: humor. So they gifted the internet with gorgeous pictures of themselves with their curly hair.
We love these pictures and we want all of you to see them and remember that no man get’s to have an opinion on how a woman dresses up or lives her life
— boobthebuilder (@alinaaazehra) February 9, 2022
— ندا (@_nxdv) February 9, 2022
— Tarhub Asghar (@tarhub) February 9, 2022
— 🌻Bissmah Mehmud (@bissmahmehmud) February 9, 2022
Curly hair gang pic.twitter.com/QguPmPbMh5
— perpetually tired (@naheinyaar) February 9, 2022
— . (@narratedbydeath) February 9, 2022
We’re honestly like proud moms right now and sobbing as we watch the beautiful sisterhood blooming this way as Pakistani women share their gorgeous pictures and are showering praises on other women who are also showing off their curly hair. Because when one woman steps forward to reclaim her independence, she inspires other women to do the same. In that way, basic Bashirs who write terrible dramas like these should remember that how a woman chooses to live her life is none of their business.