Updated: July 22, 2016 12:06:07 pm
Canada-based Pakistani writer Zahra Haider wrote an article for VICE titled “What I Learned Having Sex As A Young Woman In Pakistan” hasn’t gone down well with many on social media, and the author is now facing voluminous backlash for it.
Her article talks about sex culture in the Islamic republic, where even talking about the subject is taboo; pre-marital sex is considered punishable and is associated with honour of the family. “Men generally aren’t judged for it in our patriarchal society but if a woman from a middle-class family or underprivileged background is caught having premarital sex, serious shit goes down,” she writes.
Reflective of the mindset of the particular set of people she is talking about, many on Twitter have gone to the shameful extent of asking her “rate”. Some take it as the woman’s effort to demean the country whose “men couldn’t satisfy her”, she is name-called and some see her article as a sign of “Qayamat”.
@zarahaider We don’t accept bullshit and no un islamic thing will be accepted weather pre martial sex or Homosexuality or other craps.
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— Zarwan Ali (@zarwan89) May 1, 2016
Writing an article against Zahra Haider.
It will be published soon. pic.twitter.com/FE1OmVXYZf
— M H T (@HanzalaOfficial) April 29, 2016
Maulana high-octane is a democratic version of Zahra Haider; sleeps with multiple partners, but never gets satisfaction.
— Haroon رشید (@HaroonRsh) May 3, 2016
In my view Dawn was wrong to print any piece supporting Zahra Haider’s piece in Vice – guys this is Pakistan not a European country
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) April 30, 2016
Just read Zahra Haider’s article.
My personal achievements at 18 just included being able to eat a large pizza by myself.
— Jibby (@JibbyD) April 29, 2016
When i see someone supporting Zahra haider’s article. pic.twitter.com/Bu8O13ELe5
— Sir Saith Abdullah (@SaithAbdullah99) April 28, 2016
I must say that Zahra Haider is another Cheap desi version of Sunny Leon after Qandeel Baloch and her article is just a sign of Qayamat😐
— سید فیاض علی #TeamIK (@IamTeamIK) April 28, 2016
Got around to reading Zahra Haider’s article, and it is probably the most ridiculous piece of writing I’ve ever read. #sorrynotsorry
— sundus (@SundusSays) April 28, 2016
So apparently Zahra Haider thinks there’s nothing wrong in being slutty. Okaay..
Honestly speaking, i feel sorry for her parents.
— 〰 (@ItsAllBakwas) April 28, 2016
However, supporting her stand and her article are many who took to social media to share the messages and blogs for her. “This starts an important conversation about sex in Pakistan,” writes one, “Your article moved me,” writes another.
If Zahra Haider’s article outrages you more than these men, then the problem is YOU. pic.twitter.com/zB2sOGo1ZZ
— Mahwash (@LifeofSigh) April 29, 2016
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