Zarish Grewal tried to normalize smoking for women. People called her out for it. She trolled them right back.
There’s a certain stigma attached to smoking when it comes to Pakistani women. While men can smoke freely, women who want the same are looked down upon. And don’t get me started on the countless sexist policies regarding the issue. As it is said: ”Cigarettes are dangerous for a man’s lungs and a woman’s character.”
Zarish Grewal, a Pakistani model posted a picture of her smoking on her Instagram
In the caption, she wrote ”Normalizing female smokers.”
Even her Instagram bio says, ”Smoking the hate away.”
People supported her for calling out society’s double standards that only allow men to smoke freely and slut-shame women who do the same
But some were also quick to point out that smoking itself is a problem
They advocated that being a public figure she shouldn’t be ”normalizing” a bad habit
Zarish Grewal also had some ”interesting” responses for the people who opposed smoking
This one asked to normalize not smoking at public spaces
Women’s smoking would remain a controversial topic as far as Pakistani society is concerned. Nevertheless, smoking is indeed injurious to health. However, this picture and the comments obviously require a more nuanced debate, for the backlash Zarish received did seem to overstep.
So, what side you are on? Do you agree with Zarish? Sound off in the comments below!
Cover image via @zarishgrewalofficial/ Instagram