Pakistan: Fashion facilitates social change

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Models at PFDC Fashion Week in Lahore. (Photo: Adrees Latif/Reuters)

An unconscionable heckler recently tried to argue that the women in the Muslim world want to be enslaved and that we should just mind our own business and leave them alone in their desolation. As we can see, these beautiful Pakistani women do not want to be enslaved under the cult of fundamentalist Islam/Taliban.  And they need the help of the Free World, even through fashion, if that’s what it takes.

Lahore fashion week takes on Talibanization in Pakistan

Pakistan’s traditional cultural capital of Lahore received a much-needed dose of glamour this week as it played host to the country’s second-ever fashion week.

Amid a backdrop of tight security including armed guards, police and airport-style scanning, dozens of models took to the catwalk to showcase the works of Pakistan’s top 32 designers at the city’s Royal Palm Golf and Country Club.

Over the past year or so, several cultural events, including the annual World Performing Arts festival, have been canceled after receiving bomb threats from vigilante groups sympathetic to the Taliban. Last April, the Sri Lankan cricket team fled the country after coming under machine-gun and bazooka fire from terrorists in an attack that left eight dead.

“We’re here to make sure the mullahs don’t make plans to attack you,” a policeman told the Monitor wryly.

Models sashayed down the aisle with bare arms and, in some cases, legs (at least to mid-thigh level), in stark contrast to the modest Islamic dress worn by most women in the country. As they posed for the cameras and completed their pirouettes, the enthusiastic and fashion-starved audiences responded with roars of approval….

Kiran Malik, a British-Asian model who is also due to appear in London fashion week later this month, shared a similar view. “Security is a major concern and my boss asked me, ‘Are you mad? Aren’t their bombs going off all the time there?’ But we really needed this. People talk about Talibanization but fashion is important and it’s playing a big part in bringing change.”…

These Muslim women are asking for change – in this case to be allowed to show their beauty, including their hair and skin, not to be encased in burkhas, chadors, niqabs or any other oppressive form of dress. What they want is freedom, and we need to help them.

3 Comments

  1. Pakistani Women Enslavement
    [url]http://www.ibitians.com/2008/11/20/governor-punjab-salman-taseer-family-wine-dance-pictures-scandal/[/url]

    “Mr unconscionable heckler” please watch the above link and reminisce in their beauty. These photographs themselves are self explanatory of the enslavement the Pakistani women want.

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

    1. Wow! Those pictures are very enlightening – that’s how real people want to live. And they should have the HUMAN RIGHTS to do so.

      The site seems to be set up to vilify these individuals for living their lives in freedom and happiness. In fact, the comments are extremely disturbing in their hatefulness and viciousness. From what I can tell, the commenters feel they have the right to bash these people – or even kill them – for having real lives outside of the Islamic enslavement.

      I hope these rabid human-hating nutters become in the tiny minority in not only Pakistan but also the rest of the world. [b]It is their human-hating and woman-enslaving pathology that is a disgrace to civilized humanity.[/b] They should be ashamed of [i]themselves [/i]for their human hatred, which is a product of their cult.

      I also worry about this poor girl and her friends being exposed like this to all these vile characters who think they have the right to spew such hate speech at them. It is as if they are putting out a hit on her. I hope she remains safe – and continues to have a HAPPY life without all the sociopaths attacking her.

      [i]One [/i]religiously depraved, human-hating sociopath is FAR more immoral and dangerous to society than a [i]million [/i]girls wearing shorts.

      STOP THE MISOGYNY THAT YOU CALL “RELIGION.” It is evil, period.

  2. [b]RE:[/b]
    [quote][b]An unconscionable heckler recently tried to argue that the women in the Muslim world want to be enslaved and that we should just mind our own business and leave them alone in their desolation.[/b][/quote]

    Regrettably, the same was said of Blacks in the American South prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1965 – no one embraces slavery.

    pax vobiscum,
    archaeopteryx
    in-His-own-image.com

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