Meesha Shafi Has Started A Healthy Debate On Modesty, And This Is Exactly What We Need For Women's Day

By Arslan Athar | 8 Mar, 2019

Happy International Women’s Day!

 

The 8th of March is the ‘International Women’s Day’ and is a day to recognize women as the strong individuals they are, and it is also a day to raise awareness on what we can do to make the world a more equal place. On this occasion, a lot of Pakistani celebrities have taken to social media to send across their messages.

Among those people is Meesha Shafi, who tweeted about the importance of today’s ‘Aurat March’. 

Last year Meesha Shafi became the flagbearer of women’s rights and the #MeToo movement in Pakistan after she went public with her allegations against Ali Zafar. The singer still faces a lot of online hate to this day, but it’s not like that deters her.

 

Since most of us know what trolls say to Meesha, I’m going to skip those replies and get to the point. 

One Twitter user replied to Meesha’s tweet with this image.

 

Meesha Shafi took this tweet in particular and asked her followers to discuss the claims being made in it. 

 

The comments under this post weren’t as I had expected. I had anticipated trolls to have descended on this, shredding it to pieces, but what I found was that there was a very healthy discussion happening under the photo.

The top reply award definitely goes to this tweet. 

 

There was a discussion around what ‘shyness’ means in this context. 

 

People were giving suggestions on what the post should have said.

 

Some had an issue with the interpretation of the saying.

 

This tweet really started an important discussion of language and how translating can mask a lot of intended meaning.

 

 

Discussing religion on a platform as public at Twitter is a scary thought. 

 

However, some called for respect towards religion and religious beliefs. 

 

‘Whether its harmful or not..’- that’s the thing, if something is harmful, there needs to change because that ‘harmful’ is not an ideal situation.

 

Lastly, some women noticed a rather interesting pattern. 

 

 

It’s great to see women openly interact, question and debate posts like this, and also leading the discussion on the matter. In an age where there is such a large mass of information on the internet, we forget to question the validity and accuracy of things, and this is especially dangerous if people use religion or religious figures as a way to further their arguments. It is this culture of questioning and debate that will help us move forward and clear our heads of some of the ideas that are currently holding us back.

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Cover Photo Courtesy: dawn.com

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