Aurat March is a beautiful, beautiful event. All women (and some male allies, too) coming together to ask for something so fundamental: equality for all. It’s a wonderful experience all around, and as said by attendees, the safest event they have ever attended in a public space.
But there exist some people who find negativity, even in such empowering events. And that’s exactly what happened this time around.
I mean, remember last year’s Aurat March, when shit went down over ONE poster.
It caused a divide so massive that men ranted over it for MONTHS! In fact, it helped us all brace for the impending backlash this time around.
And just like last year, these beacons of morality and self-righteousness are back again with some absolutely entertaining claims. It’s honestly meme-worthy to say the least. So you need to go grab a bucket of popcorn ASAP because honestly, more than disheartening, this is hilarious.
KYA CHAHTI HAIN AURATEIN??
Yeh AURAT ZAAT khud ko maar dalengi aik din..
Kya chahti kya hai aakhir yeh??
Do they want k yeh aaram se bethe & sab equal equal ho? Damnit ..
— Usman Waali (@HazratNaCheez) March 8, 2019
Y’all hear that? We’ll be our own end. WHAT DO WE WANT?! Not like there was a manifesto circulating, highlighting EXACTLY what we wanted.
Yeh. Yeh bhi kise ne bola.
Pakistani Brown guys are working hard to earn for themselves in such economic crisis while majority brown girls are doing nothing but spending the hard earned money of their fathers first and then their Bechary Husband's
Lakh Lanat, Tuwaadi Shiqla Ty.. https://t.co/6975vMbSdS
— zaroon (@ZarunOrakzai) March 8, 2019
Not like women who are breadwinners exist across the board in all sections of society, haina? And not like some women aren’t even allowed the right to step out of their homes to earn in the first place.
“yOu gUyS dOn’t kNow tHe rEaL iSsuEs oK???”
Dear i think none of ur charts supporting the feminism. I will recommend you to first learn what feminism is. i agree in Pakistan women dont have equal rights but in none of ur charts u guyz asked for equal rights?Or maybe u guyz dont know whart are the real issues? #AuratMarch
— ahmad wattoo (@wattoorocx) March 7, 2019
Is any day complete without a man telling women what feminism REALLY is? Or what the real issues are?
One more at it schooling us about the main issues…
Shameless bitch u r.. Kon c lanat ho ap.. Ap jese behoda larkyun ne aik aam larki ke issues ko awaam tak ane me rukawat paida ki.. Apko sirf jism aur jismani numaish ki fkr hai.. Jo main issues hai woh apke beshram parents ko b pata nhi honge
— fawadkhan_99 (@Fawad_909) March 8, 2019
Eloquently put, too.
Here is a comprehensive list of issues we should have talked about.
How great it would have been if the Aurat march instead of taking unnecessary jibes at men actually highlighted issues. Like workplace harrasment, dowry, acid throwing, honor killing, women education. The stupid posters are good only for memes now.
— R. (@AjeebBaatHay) March 8, 2019
And a couple more…
Not even one play card in aurat march about girl education, domestic violence or about women working as domestic helpers. Ladies please talk about real issues which women face every day. There are more serious problems women are facing than cooking food or duppata.
— A. 🇵🇰 (@Awwmara) March 8, 2019
Again, not like there were speeches about these very issues. Not like we fight for these issues EVERY DAY of our lives. Not like this was included in the manifesto.
Damn, y’all got us.
The men are so disappointed with us. Ab kya hoga?
very disappointed with this whole march thing. what was the message they were trying to deliver k "mujhe kia pata tumhare mozay kahan hain" "chaa bana" "khana bana mere naal" COME ON ! you guys couldve done better.
— usman (@rana_usmank) March 8, 2019
Where will I get my quota of validation from now?
I mean, we’re all killing the basic essence of it. Gotta ask this Bhai how to do it right next time.
The play cards at the Aurat March has killed the very reason why women were marching. pic.twitter.com/MlYkYszCqJ
— Muhammad Usman (@rana_usman) March 8, 2019
Aap aa jatey.
Remember, we only want beighairati.
After reading all posters i found these girls don't want their rights, they want baighairti only
— Ebad ur Rehman (@ebadhabibrehman) March 8, 2019
But hey, if ghairat means accepting oppression, hum beghairat hee sahi.
Chalou, at least they appreciate our creativity if nothing else – and that’s all the validation we needed, haina?
Aurat march summary 😂 pic.twitter.com/w66tw5ZTto
— Umi Jee (@umairskhowaja) March 8, 2019
After lollipop, toffee, tea-bag and what not, we’re also tissue paper.
Tissue papar se ziyada aukat nahi hai in feminists ki .. use karo dabbay main phenk do
— Nasir Arain🇵🇰 (@inasirarain) March 8, 2019
Sab kaam tou mard hi kertay hain, women only sit back and watch the world burn.
Koi aik middle class ya lower class dikha do in main. Sab ameeron ke chonchlay. Mard driver Mard guard Mard cook Mard assistant. Mard GOR KAN https://t.co/LthxCUnIYE
— Follow Kero Sawab Milega (@OhShahjee) March 8, 2019
I will point out that there were women from ALL walks of life. Moreover, transgenders were a part of the March as well. Women from all socioeconomic classes participated AND gave speeches.
Agar ghar baith ke keyboard pe criticize karne se dunya badalti, toh aur chahiye kya tha.
Then, there were comments from some special types of people, who “believe” in feminism but don’t quite understand what it is…
I am a hardcore feminist & believe in equality but these placards by these privileged femists of 🇵🇰 make no sense. In 🇵🇰,men unfortunately r still the primary & in most cases the only bread earner & these elite feminist shud rather focus on empowering women #AuratazadiMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/QPs0Mc2nFz
— Ali (@maXes_MB) March 8, 2019
Kya kehna chah rahay hou, boss?
I believe in equality but these placards by these privileged femists of Pakistan make no sense. In Pakistan ,men unfortunately or still the primary & in most cases the only bread earner & these elite feminist shud rather focus on empowering women. #AuratazadiMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/gDX9aPl4TA
— Asad (@GoStudyAsad) March 8, 2019
Some people thought this was taking things too far.
I believe in feminism and equality in our society but this is a step way too far. I've been seeing banners like "Khana garam karna seek Lia?" And "apnay socks khud dhoondo". Mazaq bana dia Hain feminism ko. #AuratAzadiMarch2019 pic.twitter.com/vKsrGKrr3M
— Faizan Kashif (@itsfaizankashif) March 8, 2019
Aurat March is one of the signs of the day of judgment too, apparently. Amazing.
This is the new phase of the dajjal illuminati movement taking off in Pakistan.. Allah Muaf fermaye!! https://t.co/a6CjNAr19f
— Raj Khalid (@rajinlondon) March 8, 2019
And how can we ever forget all those who quote religion, ONLY when women speak up about equality.
Integrate Islam in your life and you will never feel upset 🙏
— Behzad Qureshi (@imbehzadqureshi) March 8, 2019
Feminism will work in Pakistan only if tailored in line with Islamic teachings. Urban, privileged women backed by leftist groups can provoke the status quo thru such slogans & symbols, but not empower women en masse who are conservative. No wonder most stay away from such events. pic.twitter.com/dFBWF8eBxx
— Ashar Jawad (@AsharJawad) March 8, 2019
People made dua for the ‘wretched women’ who attended the March.
Bibi ap k liye dua hi ki ja sakti hai bcz jitna makam aur izzat Allah k Nabi(SAW) ne aurat ko di hai us se phele nae thi magar sath hi aurat k liye zindagi guzarne ka tareeqa bhi btah dia hai so mn aurat ki had darja izzat krta hun
— Irfan Malik (@Irfanma47) March 8, 2019
Funny how we don’t even get the rights outlined by religion as well. Yet, people jump to use it as a shield. Interesting.
“😂” – offered without comment.
man channels his misogyny by replying with a 😂 to the aurat march manifesto. HAHHAHA yaar trash will remain trash pic.twitter.com/SW1lHUG3rx
— . (@plathwoolf_) March 6, 2019
But at the end of it all, I would leave you with this absurd tweet (and one of the reasons why we March)
Just random thoughts while washing my clothes:
" This universe is created for men"
" Women are created for men"
" Paradise hoor are for men"
Or tum log kerty ho #AuratMarch
— Hedayat (@He__dayat) March 8, 2019
The entitlement. The privilege. The overall disregard for any gender other than his own. WOW.
Look, friends. Trolls will troll. They exist because we’ve made them uncomfortable. And that’s great. We just gotta keep moving forward. Hope you all had a wonderful time at the March. Just keep being your badass selves and remember to ignore the ghairat brigade. We absolutely must pick our battles now.
What do y’all think about this? Let us know in the comments.