Talal Chaudhary’s sexist remark about Firdous Ashiq Awan irks people

Though personal and disrespectful remarks are not a new sight, Talal Chaudhary sparks outcry over sexist remarks against Firdous Ashiq Awan - again.

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Talal sparks outcry over sexist remarks against Firdous Ashiq Awan

 

Sexist remarks, misogynist comments and personal attacks are not an unknown sight in Pakistani politics. Unfortunately, we still fail to detach ourselves from our prejudices and privileges. Recently, these remarks were directed at Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf’s senior member Firdous Ashiq Awan.

Attacking political opponents over their personal life and appearance is unnecessary, malicious and disgraceful. Although we, as a collective society, lack the sensitivity to maintain grace in disagreements. It is common for us to resort to blows personal in nature. However, when we see these attacks from people we look up to as leaders and influencers, it sets a bad example for entire political discourse.


Also See: Social Media Community Irked By Imran Khan’s Sexist Attack On Bilawal


It happens on both sides of the aisle, in every level of government and in every tier of argument – and it’s not helping the political climate in this country. The recent victim of this deplorable trend with PTI’s Firdous Ashiq Awan.

Firdous Ashiq Awan – the latest victim:

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) leader Talal Chaudhry uttered some words that can subsequently be regarded as sexist and gender discriminatory. In a video making rounds on social media, Talal can be seen mocking her appearance, irking the social media community.

 

”This is the same kind of change where if Firdous Aashiq Awan is made to wash her face, without makeup, there will be Firdous Khan inside.” – Talal said.

Political representatives are public figures. Willingly or unwillingly, they open themselves to criticism. However, it hits a new low with personal attacks.

Here is the viral video:

Disagreement should be on merit. Be it Firdous or Bilawal or anyone in the political sphere, their appearance and the way they speak is not even a remote determinant of their abilities. But unfortunately, these comments have always been a fixture for Pakistani politics.

Social media community rejects it now:

 

It is imperative to sift out the information that doesn’t particularly to influence a person’s politics. Criticizing someone for things irrelevant to their leadership qualities or political career is unproductive and dirty. It neither presents a good example for followers, nor it should be encouraged at any cost.

People felt the same way about Talal Chaudhary’s comments:

Politics has always been a dirty business and will continue to be ugly. The line between personal attacks and productive criticism is thin and blurred. But the attacks that aren’t alternatively germane to one’s ability to govern can be avoided. And should be avoided.

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