Today we live in a digital world of 21st century where at one side issues are raised so vehemently while at the other side, a serious discussion can be turned into the memes show or seen critically.
These days our timeline is mostly flooded with memes which is amusing at one side but oh bro! You never know that your one meme might divert public’s attention from a very serious issue.
Recently, the Aurat March took place in Karachi at and around Frere Hall and hundreds joined it. Many people were having different posters in the march but the one that caught everyone’s attention was “khud khana garam kar lo” poster.
As soon as it got noticed by the internet’s memes’ maker and critical analysts, they couldn’t resist to make different jokes and posts out of it, either sarcastically or humorously.
Before we talk about the real thing, we would like to agree that it’s totally okay to make memes and have fun unless it is to humiliate someone. It’s also fine to have a critical view except for it’s irrational.
But sadly, these days we are so lost in the meme world and group of so-called online critical analysts that we end up ignoring the actual debate and at times, memes and critical perspectives become a way to insult others which is not fun, not okay, not humorous, not rational.
However, the reason that why we are asking you to stop making and loving the memes and objections on this famous poster “khud khana garam kar lo” is to make you realize that this poster ain’t for fun or criticism but contains a very serious message for a very serious issue; so please take it seriously for once and talk about it.
Why it’s a serious message and for what kind of serious issue?
Let us tell you that in Pakistan or for that matter among desis, wives are abused for not serving well heated food or for not serving it on time to their husbands. We are not making up stories from our ownselves but recently, a post shared by someone proves our point quite well.
And it’s nothing new that here, wives are beaten up on so petty things which ain’t even an issue. If not beaten up, then macho husbands do scream on their wives for not cooking or warming up the food well or for not serving it on time, as if men themselves in this country do care about the importance of time so much, hah!
However, we think that the poster which says, “khud khana garam kar lo” makes sense and points towards the abusive attitude of the macho husbands which comes out vehemently on such little things like, “not served with fully warmed up food or not served with it on time by the wives.”
The poster asks all the men, “to heat up food yourself” and let us further elaborate it; to all the men, stop complaining, screaming and beating your wives for not serving you food on time, for not serving you well heated food, for not serving you delicious food that you want.
Because they are your wives and not the perfect robots which work as their masters say (you ain’t their masters even, you are partners, who are meant to understand each other). Your wives can be busy and can make mistakes just like you, so just stop this abusive behaviour.
And finally to all the Pakistani awaam, you have enjoyed and laughed alot on the memes related to this poster and criticized it too, now just stop this, get serious and talk about the actual message behind “khud khana garam kar lo.” Because it is important for our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives; for our aurat.