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Female misogyny and cowardice in Pakistan

By Mariam Goraya

As if sexist men weren’t enough to judge us, at least I need a break from supposedly ‘pakeeza kahawateens’ to stop passing remarks at my back for something as personal as my dress

Forget male misogynists; let us first talk about female misogynists. Alice Albinia in her book ‘Empires of the Indus’ rightly points out, that most ardent upholders of traditional faith in Pakistan are the housewives.

No wonder that the first person to teach you (rather enforce upon you) how to compromise, when to keep your mouth shut and wait for your turn before putting food in your plate is indeed your own mother. The first one to proclaim you a slut for wearing jeans in college is your female class fellow and last but not the least; first one to judge you or reject you as potential Baho Rani on the basis of your character is a Rishta Aunty as uncles only come along to tell how tasty samosas were.

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Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River by Alice Albinia

By Zulfiqar Halepoto
This review was presented during book launching ceremony in Hyderabad on October 08, 2008 jointly organised by the Transformation and Reflection for Rural Development (TRD) and the Indus Institute for Research and Education (IIRE)

It is indeed a great honour to speak to this august house and to share few words on the book titled “Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River” written by a student of englidh litrature Alice Albinia.

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