We use social media for countless reasons, don’t we? Primarily, we want to connect with our friends, show off our amazingly happening life, and oh, of course, entertain ourselves.
Now, while we’re scrolling around, looking for entertainment, we come across pages and artists who do a lot more than just entertaining. They open our eyes to certain controversial notions our parents never discuss in the drawing room, and they educate us about problems we, women, face on a daily basis. Voices to follow on social media are as follows:
Shumaila Bhatti could be any girl from our desi male-dominated society. She may as well be the very studious medical student from King Edward. She probably may be the extremely-skill-deprived-aspiring-to-get-hitched Kinnaird graduate, or perhaps one of those Aspire girls who got penalized for being too ‘proud’. And that is exactly why we ne
ed to listen to her because hey, she’s talking about our lives; if it’s not us, it’s one of our friends, or a friend of our friend.
We all get to face admirers who admire us against our will and tend to become extremely assertive about their admiration. If dwelled in such a situation, Shumaila can offer some valuable help. As a girl, if you are tired of all the chauvinism our society channels, follow this page. It is certainly for a hefty dose of some good ol’ desi humour!
Pakistani Martha Stewart
A Pakistani comic artists who has garnered a huge following for slamming down orthodox and downright ridiculous societal notions. She scrutinizes societal restrictions that are brutally imposed on Pakistani females through her rich and powerfully feministic cartoons. Call her a comic artist, a cartoonist, a doodler, or a graphic designer; I call her a genius!
She highlights the controversial dilemmas of a desi chauvinistic society by discussing issues like rape, dowry, and sexual harassment at workplace. In addition, she also gives us a glimpse life and times of a desi woman in a western society. Her cartoons also depict the societal evils of Islamophobia. Her work imagery revolves around the ban against burkas and the stereotypical image of Muslims in the western world.
These satirical cartoons are an utter delight. Trust me, nothing can cheer you up better than her memes about gol rottis and evil desi aunties.
FYI, the force behind this social media delight is Saher, an aspiring physician who lives in America.
Kainat Ali Khan is a very talented writer who compels us to analyse and examine notions that we are habitual of denying and avoiding. She talks about the role of women in society, their place in the professional world, and domestic violence. Most of all, she discusses matters like sexual manipulation of women in society and suggests wise measures. An educated upbringing of men is the solution she preaches.
Furthermore, I also love reading her writings on political notions, such as Islamophobia, Malalaism, terrorism, the creation of Taliban, and the representation of Pakistan in the Western world. This lady is oozing girl power with her writings. The most noteworthy feature of her work is her interest in creating a safe, female-oriented society. I wish our politicians could see the same light.
Her work is heartfelt. For those who mistake feminism as the rant of a privileged Prada-clad girl, Dupatta Diaries gives a glimpse of the brutal odds faced by women.