#METOO has proved to be beginning of that breakthrough the victims of sexual harassment were looking for. The strong and effective social media campaign created a long-awaited atmosphere of acceptance and acknowledgement for the harassment survivors, encouraging them to narrate their ordeals. The campaign, however, was seen gaining ground in a country like Pakistan, where these social issues are still struggling to witness their approval. In an effectively yet gradually progressing Pakistani society, standing against all odds and taking a stand against harassment for a woman is a challenge – but for a man, it is beyond courageous.
In patriarchal societies where men are viewed as the strongest and dominating figures, coming off vulnerable and victimized is for sure an act of gallantry and bravery.
Going against all odds and demolishing all discriminatory societal barriers, struggling model Mujahid Rasool has opened up about his experience of harassment in the industry. Backing the #metoo campaign with #wetoo, Mujahid took to his Instagram starting off by appreciating the shift in societal attitudes, turning accepting towards the harassment victims regardless of genders.
Mujahid added that he has been a struggling model for years and hasn’t still gotten his breakthrough not because he lacks what it takes to ace the ramp, but because he refuses to comply by the ‘demands’ the people in the industry have.
I have my own conditions! Can we meet alone? Show me your n*** pictures! & so on….
In the first part of his Instagram post, Mujahid shared screenshots of some of the awkwardly disrespectful conversations he had with the people with respect to his modelling career.
#metoo #wetoo #harassed #actor #model I have my own conditions! Can we meet alone? Show me your n*** pictures! & so on…… These type of statements have to be faced by me since the day I am struggling in this media industry & I am more than 100% sure that I am not alone in this case, there could be many more out there. But, to get their aims achieved, many would have been entangled in the tentacles of those animals. I have been waiting all these years if someone speaks up about these black sheep’s openly but no one did. But yesterday, after 3-4 years later, same designer started to ask me if I will fulfill his conditions now? Seriously guys! My only fault is this that I believe on hard work rather than finding these shortcuts. For me, my self-respect is more important than any work I will get by losing it. So, if you think k after these years my values would have been changed? So, listen, all this struggling time makes me even stronger and believer of hard work. I will keep on smashing my head to this media industry to create my space rather than to be impressed by your lectures. Why I have to go through all this to match my talent? Why I have to fulfill someone’s immoral conditions to get that work that I deserve? Why a black sheep should say to me if I will not fulfill their filthy demands then I can’t be successful in this media industry? Why the f**k I have to shout on myself & my passion after struggling for 7-8 years in this industry and listening these bullshits? Why there is no streamline organizations recognizing and sustaining fresh talents? If there are, then why would they hire such bastards to do these most important jobs? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? There are many more Why’s! I have been struggling this field for 7-8 years which is been an experience full of harassment. So, I am speaking on my behalf (& might be on behalf of hundreds out there) that #WEToo are being harassed. We are being harassed not by one particular designation but each and every one from “Content head to Directors”, from “Designer to Photographers to promoters”. If I decide to write names here, then their masks will gone away.
He specifically targeted a renowned fashion photographer Azeem Sani, who made indecent demands from him in exchange for offering him work. He added that he is astounded as to how these individuals even find the courage to face their own families after this deplorable conduct.
He added that even being a male in the industry, they face harassment at the hands of content heads, directors, fashion photographers and all related individuals as well. Mujahid is getting immense support across social media for his bold and unconventional step of giving male harassment victims a voice.
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