As we all know, a woman’s body is not her own. It is for everyone else to comment on – for everyone else to judge. One of the ways in which these judgments can be passed is by criticizing women on their dressing sense. Body shaming is in vogue. Everyone’s doing it. Additionally, if women try to speak up against this body shaming – shut them down. Simple.
Keeping in line with this, Priyanka Chopra was recently body shamed for showing up ‘bare-legged’ in front of her country’s Prime Minister.
Because how dare she?
However, she took to social media, alongside her mother, to shut down the trolls with this picture.
She aptly captioned it ‘Legs for days’.
Dangal actress, Fatima Sana Shaikh, was also slammed on social media for wearing a swimsuit during Ramazan.
Because her body and her religion are everyone else’s business, apparently.
Following this entire series of body shaming incidents, anchor Faye D’Souza from Indian TV Channel Mirror Now was hosting an episode pertaining to the topic.
She tried to push forward the idea that men and women should be allowed the same liberties and should be allowed an equal amount of freedom. However, a cleric in attendance, Maulana Yasoob Abbas, tried to shame her for the very same stance.
He suggested that she should show up in her underwear to ensure equality between men and women. Because men show up to work in their underwear, obviously. The tasteless comment was used by Faye D’Souza to point out how men try to ‘rattle’ women to scare them away.
“I have news for you, we are not going anywhere,” D’Souza stated powerfully.
You can watch her shut down the cleric in this video:
#StopShamelessTrolls: Here's Maulana Yasoob Abbas, a cleric challenging an anchor to show up at her workplace in underwear to prove she's equal to men. Mirror Now's Faye D'Souza gives it back in her own style. #WATCH
Posted by Mirror Now on Freitag, 9. Juni 2017
The entire segment was ironic as it highlighted the very same double standards and varying standards of morality that drive a wedge between men and women.
Unsurprisingly, the segment sparked a debate.
Some chose to preach, because obviously – aurat hai. Sab preach karo
Whereas some spoke out for women
Someone even pointed out how there were better things to discuss than how a woman dresses
Hmm, seems like a learning point
And some hoped for better Muslim representation next time
This woman wanted people to tame their own demons before pointing out flaws in others
Lastly, this guy tried to make some form of a valid point but was shut down with a GREAT counter argument
What do you think about the comments passed by the cleric? Were they in bad taste? Was he justified in saying what he did? Let us know in the comments.