People are angry at Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar’s response to being taught what feminism really is

Quite recently, a short snippet of a video went viral from a talk show, where women’s rights activist Tahira Abdullah gave a brief, but impassioned explainer on what feminism truly is to a panel of men that included Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar.

Her explainer was met with appreciation, for she beautifully summed up the very core of what feminism stands for.

However, Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar could not be convinced.

He became defensive and angry at the explainer, stating that he does not believe in equal rights for men and women. He then tone-policed Tahira Abdullah, and went on to aggressively state that women cannot “steal” rights from men. When asked to explain the same, he stated that it was another debate for another day.

A video of this display of aggression has also gone viral, and people are angry at Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar for his take on feminism.

People called him arrogant.

Others tried to correct the idea that women wish to “steal” from men.

People could not tolerate his vibe.

 

People believed that a “product of the patriarchy” cannot fully fathom feminism as a concept.

Some even questioned why people still watch his dramas.

While it’s great that the conversation around feminism has begun in Pakistan, women cannot be shut down by men each time they voice their need for equal rights. Men can support the movement by speaking up for other men and their rights in times of turmoil – an occurrence that is yet to be observed.

What is your take on this? Let us know in the comments.

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Sajeer Shaikh

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