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This Girl has a Befitting Message for PEMRA Board after Banning ‘PadMan’

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In this list of things that come under misogyny are not very long. Living in a world where being a feminist and someone who slightly shows opposition to misogyny is labeled as a “rebel” or nihilist. Talking about gender discrimination and equal employment opportunity, people now openly joke about how women can’t get things by merit so they cry over it and get under the umbrella of feminism. Feminism is a widely misunderstood term to the point that it is now subjective to the men and women who support it.

Recently, a Bollywood movie based on a real story got viral all over the internet merely because the topic itself is very controversial in the subcontinent. The story is about an Indian man whose story was documented by National Geographic where the man named Arunachalam Muruganantham was later named as “Menstrual Man” which was the name of the documentary. In the documentary, he narrates the story of how he realized that women of rural India need help during their menstruation.

Akshay Kumar took the initiative of putting it forward and taking the story to a more commercialized platform which resulted in making “Padman” where the story should reach out to a mass. The campaign, before the movie, called a lot of attention from the internet already in India and now as the date of its release is coming near, more upsetting things are coming to the surface. In Pakistan, the censor board banned the movie for some reason as they do not want the site of sanitary napkins to ruin the nation’s mindset. Probably!

However, here’s how a girl named Saman Salman reacted to the ban:

Wait so films with pointless plots depicting nothing but hypersexualized, derogatory, objectifying scenes solely for the sake of entertainment get approved in no time.
But God forbid, someone attempts to educate or raise awareness through the film industry by highlighting social issues like rape culture or menstrual taboo, these fools sitting at the pemra board are suddenly repulsed by it??
It happens. It’s natural. DEAL WITH IT.

Wait so films with pointless plots depicting nothing but hypersexualized, derogatory, objectifying scenes solely for the…

Posted by Saman Salam on Saturday, 10 February 2018

 

Izza Tipu said:

Yes, of course, let this culture prevail. Educating about sanitary pads is a taboo topic whereas the current mujray in our movies are not. There needs to be more awareness about how difficult it is for the less fortunate women to take care of this need when sanitary pads aren’t easily affordable. If the people don’t see how a poor woman handles this how does one expect them to sympathise with her pain?

Yes, of course, let this culture prevail. Educating about sanitary pads is a taboo topic whereas the current mujray in…

Posted by Izza Tipu on Sunday, 11 February 2018

Yes, because women don’t mensturate and use ‘pads’ in Pakistan. Any film which can educate men and women about women’s issues should be banned. ‘Sheela ki Jawani’ ya Katrina Kaif ke dance moves to allow kar sakta hai sensor board but Pad Man no way. Ban everything related to women. Infact ban women in Pakistan. No women should be allowed to live in this country. It should be a man only country. #BanWomen

Caption note credits: Pernia Khan

People are openly talking about it on the internet but censor board is apparently living in the stone age

Yes because women don't mensturate and use 'pads' in Pakistan. Any film which can educate men and women about women's…

Posted by Jundub Casim on Sunday, 11 February 2018

Arunachalam Muruganantham said that he saw women using ash and dried grass sometimes and old cloth during their menstruation to absorb blood. These methods are clearly the most unhygienic and may cause a woman to develop cervical or ovarian cancer. He then took it upon himself, thought about it and later, he designed a machine and build it himself which manufactures sanitary napkins. The movie only shows the details of the story which tells how a man’s efforts saved many women’s lives.

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