Shaan Just Shared His Thoughts On The Aurat March And Yaar, Aakhir Kyun?

By Haddiqua Siddiqui | 10 Mar, 2019

Aurat March is an event that has taken the country by storm. Pakistanis got together across the board to ask for equality for all. However, the March has been met with severe criticism for those who are yet to unlearn internalized misogyny. One of these criticisms came from a Twitter user who thought that feminists are insulting women by being as vocal as they were during the March.

This Twitter user thought the above placards were absurd and disrespectful towards women themselves. However, the tweet comes from a place where it only further highlights how strong the stigma that revolves around menstruation truly is.

It must be remembered that periods are not a luxury. Sanitary napkins should not be taxed. 

According to UNICEF, 79% women in Pakistan do not manage periods hygienically which is why it is important to highlight such an issue publicly. The placard speaks for all those women who can’t afford proper menstrual hygiene, contracting illnesses that can be avoided. It also highlights how it’s wrong to capitalize on something so essential to menstruating individuals.

Another Twitter user stepped forward to explain what the placards actually meant and how not everyone in the country can afford a sanitary napkin. 

But alas. The matter wasn’t laid to rest there and then. No, renowned actor, Shaan Shahid barged in with his opinion that was…well, shaky, to say the least.


Shaan replied to the tweet by saying he agrees with the girl but there are other ways to go about highlighting the issue.

He suggested that an all women’s committee should be formed and be presented in front of a FEMALE MINISTER. LOL. Also, all this should be done in privacy because HAWW HAYE, Periods? Woh kya hote hain?

The super patient Twitter user tried to ask what was obscene about menstruation while agreeing that something MUST be done about the issue at hand.

However, Shaan stated that there’s nothing obscene about menstruation, yet it should be a private matter.

It’s taking me a while to decode this, it really is. Contradictions galore. So…it’s not obscene? But the issue shouldn’t be raised publicly? How do we raise awareness around menstrual health and hygiene if we don’t talk about it publicly?

Regardless, the tweet garnered attention and led to an important debate – the kinds of which are important, PUBLICLY, in order to raise awareness.

Some people pointed out how governments should subsidize sanitary napkins to increase accessibility.

Others highlighted how such issues need a larger platform in order to be highlighted.

Yet another person wondered out loud how those who could not afford menstrual hygiene products were coping.

With movies being made on menstruation and winning academy awards, why are we, as a nation, still bound by the concept of menstraution being a taboo topic? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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