It is obvious that anything involving even the slightest of notions about feminism, or even something that does not give men full credit for blessing the world with their superior existence and behavior will result in men from all corners of the nation inviting their own selves to the discourse generated around and because of the Aurat March 2019.
The Aurat March occurred in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Hyderabad, and Mardan, but every male keyboard was put to test when they had to keep up with the massive social media outreach and coverage of all the marches that took place at the same time. No doubt it was hard for them to be able to react horrendously in an unwarranted and unsolicited manner, but they lived up to all the disappointing things we expected from them. Here are some of the things we’ve had to hear in light of the marches.
The Need for a Mard March
Apparently, the men of our nation can only come up with ideas to fight for men’s rights when they see that women have decided to demand theirs by leaving their homes, taking to the street and coming up with all sorts of creative methods of cracking down on the patriarchy. Not only did the fragile male egos of the nation’s men suffer a brutal blow, they opted to retaliate in the form of a “Mard March,” which if the rumors and flyers are true, will occur on the 23rd of March, at Frere Hall.
Interestingly enough, they’ve chosen to entirely bypass the international men’s day, which is supposed to be the 19th of November, because only quick decisive action must be taken to strike down these liberal feminists. However, we’re a little uncertain about the demands of this march; what are the rights men aren’t receiving that they are demanding? Plus, how do we distinguish this from any other day, because the Aurat March wouldn’t have been needed had it not been a man’s world. Moreover, although the men haven’t been able to put as much effort into the poster as the women did – surprise, surprise – here is a one of the posters floating around. Yes, only one, because the author has had enough of them being shared.
The Movement Wasn’t Inclusive
We’re completely ignoring that the media and the meninists have selectively chosen images that portray the marches to be something of an elitist movement, because there exists an internet phenomenon called, “Social Media,” and there isn’t a single person involved with the promotion of the marches, regardless of whether or not they were present at the scenes who haven’t shared pictures of exactly how elitist the movement was. Read: It wasn’t. Not only did the movement expand from only the three major cities of Pakistan to other, it featured women from all sorts of socio-economic backgrounds, which is exactly what we’re aiming for. We believe that as long as there remains even a single woman who is being hurt by the patriarchy, none of us are free. Moreover, even if the movement started off as elitist, it was meant for the people who don’t have the time, means, or resources to be able to fight this battle against their systematic oppression. This is exactly why it was heartwarming to see the diversity in the marches; if you don’t believe us, take a look for yourselves.
The Posters Were Vulgar
So, it’s not really vulgar when 57-Year-Old Uncle *Insert Common Name* undresses a minor with his eyes on the street. It isn’t vulgar when child brides are forced to marry men twice their age, or when girls are pulled out of school to work at home because men can’t risk them rising up and living their own life. It’s not vulgar when a newly-wed bride is burnt to death by her in-laws, or forced to drink acid, or has to be taken to the hospital, bleeding and barely alive because men can’t take no for an answer. Vulgarity is economic inequality, honor killings, the female illiteracy rate. Rape is vulgarity, catcalling, sexually harassing, sending unwarranted nudes of your genitalia to women is a vulgarity. Using sexual slurs or abusive language is a vulgarity. Besides, was there a single lie on those posters? We don’t think so. Even if they were, do you really think we care? The entire point of the movement was to give women a way to express their frustrations and to educate people on the problems we face, not cater to male fragility and ego.
The Movement Did Not Have Impact
Judging by the outrage that was created, yes, it very much was. Let me tell you how. Women all over the nation, coming out onto the streets when most aren’t even allowed to leave the vicinity of their cages – sorry, homes – was what made a difference. When through mass mobilization of these wonderful women who had experienced so much pain at the hands of men, you can’t possibly say that the movement wasn’t impactful. It was not only larger than last year’s marches, more inclusive, more representative; it was also stronger and more unified than before. So, if the men around us still say the movement wasn’t impactful, we won’t even bother listening because guess what, we do not require male validation and approval, thank you very much.