Mera Jism Meri Mrzi & Feminism in Pakistan (2020)

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Mera Jism Meri Marzi

Some Pakistani Women Are Proudly Declaring ‘Mera Jism Meri Marzi‘.


Feminism is movement, a social movement or in other words a belief to gain the political, economic and social rights for women. The term feminism and feminist first appeared in Europe and then in 19 century in United State. According to the feminist the men and women both deserve to have equal rights. By looking into the past we can see the feminist dedication to their ideology as they took stand and fought for their rights such as women rights to vote, work and to live a violence free life which is indeed a valid demand. By looking into the Islamic culture and ideology Islam also believes in the equal rights of men and women but indeed does not allow vulgarity, even none of the Religions allows vulgarity but the western feminism contradicts Islamic teachings or Islamic feminism like abortion and so on. The feminism has three waves 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The wave that hit Pakistan is the 3rd wave in the shape of Mera Jism Meri Marzi.

From the history and from religious aspect it is disclosed that Islam as a revealed religion, from its start has always agreed upon women rights and it won’t be wrong to say that Islam is the first Religion that has actually acknowledged the rights of women’s. No religion, no civilization gave daughter the right in the property of the father. Islam terminated the in humane practice of burying the daughters. In true words Islam is the real feminist religion as Islam has given women the status of daughter, mother and wife. As in last sermon the prophet (PBUH) said “Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers”.

In the western societies the women were facing a lot of problems regarding the equality of gender for which they have started a movement. At first the movement started in Europe and then spread over to the rest of the world. The movement started in early 19th Century. The main aim of this movement and ideology was to gain equal rights for female gender. As they were treated with discrimination. They didn’t had the right to vote neither they had given the chance to work and were facing physical and sexual violence. In short there mission was to gain socio-political and social rights but later on with the passage of time they also added abortion and many more to their cause. In case of prostitution there are two thoughts anti-feminist and pro feminist. In the thoughts of anti-feminist the prostitution is the exploitation of women and it has negative effect on both prostitute themselves and also on the society. While in case of pro-feminist prostitution is the right or choice of the women whether they want to engage in it or not.

The Three Waves of Feminism

Feminism in the west has gone through three waves 1st wave, 2nd wave and 3rd wave. The First-wave feminism promoted equal contract and property rights for women, opposing ownership of married women by their husbands. By the late 19th century, feminist activism was primarily focused on the right to vote. American first-wave feminism ended with passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1919, granting women voting rights.

Second-wave feminism of the 1960s-1980s focused on issues of equality and discrimination. The second-wave slogan, “The Personal is Political,” identified women’s cultural and political inequalities as inextricably linked and encouraged women to understand how their personal lives reflected sexist power structures. Betty Friedan was a key player in second-wave feminism. In 1963, her book The Feminine Mystique criticized the idea that women could find fulfillment only through childrearing and homemaking. According to Friedan’s New York Times obituary, her book “ignited the contemporary women’s movement in 1963 and as a result permanently transformed the social fabric of the United States and countries around the world” and “is widely regarded as one of the most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.” Friedan hypothesizes that women are victims of false beliefs requiring them to find identity in their lives through husbands and children. This causes women to lose their own identities in that of their family.

Third-wave feminism began in the early 1990s, responding to perceived failures of the second wave and to the backlash against second-wave initiatives. This ideology seeks to challenge the definitions of femininity that grew out of the ideas of the second-wave, arguing that the second-wave over-emphasized experiences of upper middle-class white women. The third-wave sees women’s lives as intersectional, demonstrating how race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, and nationality are all significant factors when discussing feminism. It examines issues related to women’s lives on an international basis.

Mera Jism Meri Marzi

The third wave has reached Pakistan in the shape of Mera Jism Meri Marzi from the year 2019 it has grabbed the attention of Pakistanis. MeraJismMeriMarzi means opposing rape, sexual harassment, child marriage, physical abuse, lack of healthcare, domestic violence, human trafficking, bonded labour/slavery. On this view the idea of mera jism meri marzi is agreeable with. And I can say from the claim that every person in the society will agree. But seems like there are some other view regarding mera jism meri marzi which is totally showing a wrong image of the feminism and is shifting the movement from the right path and that’s why even women are against, the invalid representation of the movement or campaign. 

Ladies in Pakistan have activated sexists just by recovering their legitimate open space and self-rule over their own people. One activated man who doesn’t appear to acknowledge how hazardously sick his feelings are is the author Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar, Recently Mr. Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar went on TV to discuss the forthcoming Aurat March which will occur on the 8 of March, 2020 in urban areas around Pakistan. He was on a board with columnist Marvi Sirmed and a strict minister and that is when things took an odd turn.. All in light of the fact that Marvi insulted him with the expression ‘Mera Jism Meri Marzi‘, which as indicated by Khalil Ur Rehman was unconscionable and against his profound quality. Khalil Ur Rehman Qamar has opposed the feminists and liberals, by a single sentence: “Be haya orat ky jism pr koi thokta bhi nhi”. “Haya is the real beauty of women”  

Due to this recent incident the situations are more hyped and two views are highlighted all over the internet. Some are against it and some are in the favor rising and making a trend of two hash tags.
#WeRejectMeraJismMeriMrzi and the other one: #MeraJismMeriMarzi

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Some of the views of people from different twitter sources are mentioned below.

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As mentioned in the above tweet which also points out that there are two different views which are causing the issue quite complicated and messed up. If we have a look on feminism it highlights something which isn’t vulgar or something which men will oppose in such a way like it happened now.

What do you say about your own opinion about this trend of Mera Jism Meri Marzi, do you see it as one theme or there are many diversities among the people who are protesting and doing aurat march. As far as I see from above Feminism and its waves and so far what Paksitani Women are highlighting are having a big difference and doubt confessions out there. I hope to have a better community for the best of all citizens and success.

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