Shahid Afridi: The face of sexism?

Published: March 12, 2014

What Mr Afridi is propagating with his ‘opinion’ is that a society that undermines its female population, limits their capabilities, and instead highlights the achievements of men, is ideal. PHOTO: AFP

In the land of the pure, apparently, one cannot be a man and a feminist at the same time. The two seem to be mutually exclusive. Usually, this disconnect is attributed to the misconception that feminists are man-hating, rabid women out for social revenge; however, in Pakistan, the culprit is menial passivity because that’s just how it is here.

In a recent resurgence of a four-month-old interview, Shahid Afridi took it upon himself to remind Pakistani women that their skills are most useful in the kitchen. His response to a simple fluff question about a women’s cricket team in Peshawar has outraged many, while others have come to his defence citing his entitlement to his opinion.

One doesn’t have to be an ardent follower of cricket, or identify that Afridi has been the star of various ad campaigns (ranging from sodas to fairness creams), to know that he is undoubtedly a cultural icon and that his comments are insolently misogynistic.

If he is in the market for another endorsement deal, he may as well be the face of sexism.

Before launching into a discussion of why feminism is vital to Pakistan’s progression, I must recommend the TEDx Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – recently nominated for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction with the likes of Jhumpa Lahiri, Donna Tartt and Fatima Bhutto.

If you can’t access the video or just don’t have the time, here’s a brief overview of the highlights.

Ms Adichie makes very strong arguments about how girls are taught to aspire to marriage and encouraged to vie for the attention of boys instead of jobs, yet they are discouraged from seeing themselves as sexual beings.

Sound familiar? Hold on.

She goes further to say that certain societies teach girls shame which results in them becoming women who silence themselves because of their inherent guilt.

What Afridi is propagating with his ‘opinion’ is that a society that undermines its female population, limits their capabilities, and instead highlights the achievements of men, is ideal. Everyone is absolutely entitled to his or her opinion (there is no doubting that civil liberty), but when one is a public figure – an excruciatingly popular one that – one should never underestimate the value of political correctness.

Some have been asking why Afridi is being demonised as a woman-hating chauvinist. It’s because, judging by his comments, he is one and that’s just not okay. Others have argued that it isn’t uncommon for a Pakistani man to hold such an opinion, so why is Afridi being singled out.

It’s because not all men are sporting idols who little boys look up to and try to emulate, not that that should be used as an excuse.

It’s a whole other discussion why celebrities have an unwarranted social responsibility because they serve as role models whether they like it or not. That’s not to say that they aren’t allowed to hold unpopular opinions but when those opinions have no moral basis, it’s best that they refrain from making public statements expressing them. The fact remains that in a world where the likes of Beyoncé and Condoleezza Rice are encouraging girls to take on leadership roles, it is not kosher to be sexist – just as it is not kosher to be racist or a homophobe.

It’s likely that Afridi will survive this debacle. He’s a relentless force on the cricket pitch and an incredible sportsman. Come the T20 World Cup this weekend and his comments will be long forgotten, largely because cricket trumps sexism in Pakistan’s patriarchal collective thought process.

However, this can also be a pivotal learning curve if used to instigate a conversation about female empowerment in the country; a conversation that goes beyond the Malala Yousafzais and the Mukhtaran Bibis and introduces the importance of gender equality across the board.

As for Afridi, it’s probably in his best interest to hire a publicist and avoid future gaffes like this one.

Eissa Saeed

Eissa Saeed

The author is a communications professional living in Islamabad. He is an adamant supporter of giant panda conservation and sometimes finds it difficult to spell “occasionally” correctly. He tweets @senoreissa (twitter.com/senoreissa)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Faryal

    I just hope he never embarrasses Pakistan on an international level with his backwardsness.Recommend

  • Syed Owais Mukhtar

    I will support Afridi, everyone should respect his personal viewsRecommend

  • Mr. Nobody

    Children are all born the same they are just taught differently. Its the education at home and at school.Recommend

  • Caca Arshad

    Comparing men and women is like comparing graphite and diamond, respectively.
    They are both made of carbon, but they serve different purposes.Recommend

  • Ryba J.

    Ever heard of freedom of speech? I think it works both ways, no? Anyone can say and do what they want. If he thinks this, let him be. His views are not affecting you in anyway let alone harm.He is entitled to his own views and beliefs and you are to your own. Stop criticizing people because their views are different than yours.Recommend

  • Caca Arshad

    Comparing men and women is like comparing graphite and diamond, respectively.
    They are both made of carbon, but they serve different purposes.Recommend

  • Unknown

    Indian lobby is again active against Lala to defame him in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Kishan

    Its his opinion. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Don’t try to get some publicity on the back of this. You won’t go too far to be honestRecommend

  • ovais

    I don’t get the point , this is his personal opinion let him have it. there is nothing wrong with women being housewivesRecommend

  • Umar Khan

    Dear Faryal. Its not being backward its the original and right culture of Pakistan and Islam which unfortunately guy like u complexed, slave of west deny this. Feel so sorry for those who sacrifised their lives in 1947 for us. ……..

    By the way if u want to reply. Hope to see a good one without any offensive languageRecommend

  • hello

    stop giving so much respect to cricket. It is just a sport where people involved in it earned millions and it is as corrupt like the movie industry. Afridi should be sent back to schoolRecommend

  • Sultan Mirza

    There was nothing wrong with what he said. He is entitled to his opinion. We don’t need western wannabes who suffer from inferiority complex to make a mountain out of a mole hill. Go Boom Boom Lala!!!!Recommend

  • Rockyyy

    if someone is saying or legend like him that women are good in cooking or kitchen, isn’t too ironic to say backwardness here. i mean women can be good in million things and that’s one of its element that he raised in his interview. why everyone took him as anti feminist. Media should be optimistic rather than pessimistic.Recommend

  • Critic

    Have any of you thought about the repercussions had he supported women’s cricket? I bet the terrorists wouldn’t be too pleased..Recommend

  • Be Real

    Nothing wrong with expressing his opinions. Where is the so called freedom of speech some confused Pakistani preach?
    We are in a country where there is no justice, no water, people are dying of hunger and terrorism and we are concerned about merry words from a sportsman about women in sports? Seriously we are not in the west or in a fully developed country! so stop behaving like we are.Recommend

  • Mr Bajwa

    Backward are those who cannot manage to tolerate even a single comment.Recommend

  • Ali Zaib

    I can completely disagree with Mr. Shahid Khan Afridi on his views about women but I can never blame him that he is “propagating something with his ‘opinion'”. He is an individual and can have one or other opinion/view.
    @author, Please don’t try to be extremist. Let people express themselves and choose your words wisely.Recommend

  • pakiboy

    that’s his personal opinion. leave him alone. would you, dear pakistanis?Recommend

  • Furqan

    I wonder if his daughters think the same, or if he teaches them to be submissive to their male counter parts.Recommend

  • alamgir tousi

    certainly he has never embarrassed Pakistan rather he has been a prime example of Pakistan’s soft image internationally through his charismatic sportsmanship. so he has contributed what he could for Pakistan, now we should examine our contribution where do they stand and at the end of the day action speaks louder than words. he does not need to say anything about his enlightenment.Recommend

  • Gappi

    Afridi’s comments are per Islamic code of life for women. Indirectly you are saying that Islamic teachings are “backwardness”. Am i correct?Recommend

  • knightridrr

    I think its his opinion and no ones business really. At most, one should only be pointing out that his comment were wrong and nothing more. Labelling him misogynist and women-hating chauvinist is wrong itself. These are very strong words and unfortunately thrown around like a joke in every other article.Recommend

  • Muhammad Umair

    Afridi’s has his opinion, as you have your own. And Who will decide what opinion is backward and what’s not.
    One thing which is difficult to understand that why people who believe in Islam and Qur’an could make such such statements. Why people don’t see that women and men both are entirely different from each other. Both have been made by Allah to fulfill their respected role in the society.
    Society has two basic elements home and outside. Women are more soft, compassionate and caring than men so they are best suited for house makers (housewife). And their is no shame in being one of them. Men are relatively more strong both physical and mentally so more suitable to take up outside work. It should be understood that their is no competition between men and women.
    We are not here in this world for making carriers both men and women included, for man it is his responsibility to arrange for the bread and butter for the family. We are only here to live the lives as per the lines dictated by Islam.Recommend

  • Salma

    Delete dis article, n concentrate on more important issues, rather dan baseless false issues,Recommend

  • Pakistani

    Jealous gonna Jealous…..Why you are getting jealoused of Afridi’s popularity……bringing up four months old video as propaganda tool is Shameful……AFRIDI IS OUR PRIDE, BOOM BOOM ROCKS….Recommend

  • TheAverageMoe

    You need to remember that most of these Pakistani cricketers(apart from Misbah and the older generation) haven’t even completed high school, and they have rural working class backgrounds, just because they have a lot more $$$ & fame now, doesn’t mean they’ve changed their worldviews and convictions.

    Afridi’s views on gender roles are in line with the views of the average Pakistani man,so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

    Another thing I would like to point out is that, you do not have to be a ‘feminist’ to support women cricket or other rights for women, the feminist movement is more than just “gender equality”.Recommend

  • hishamaqtariq

    I think the key issue here is where were you when he made this comment four months ago? It seems to me that you missed it because a) it was on a Pakistani channel b) it was in Urdu and c) it, right or wrong presents an alternative narrative to what you subscribe to – women who stay home and cook are not INFERIOR to what your perception might be – yes there are problems and yes they must be addressed but I would have appreciated your comments (not that I don’t now I still do) but they would have had a bigger impact (on me) if you hadn’t raised it right after the Indian media picked it up after loosing to his belligerent batting – that’s the real issue isn’t it? Recommend

  • guestie

    I am so confused….was he serious? I feel this is at odds with what he has said previously about girls’ education. Regardless, very disappointing and what a lost opportunity to show Pakistanis that we believe our women can do anything!Recommend

  • Amna Abbasi

    I think its totally his personal matter what he likes or what he dislikes I am sorry he can not change his thinking just because of you guys.

    What he said is not harmful for any women in fact i am also doing a job but i am agree with him.

    Mr Author let me ask you a question can you allow your sister or daughter to participate in international women wrestling ?

    It is a reality that women can not do the same as man can do and we should accept it.

    and those who are saying that he is conservative then believe me conservative Muslim is 100 times better then dummy Muslim.Recommend

  • Amna Abbasi

    I think its totally his personal matter what he likes or what he dislikes I am sorry he can not change his thinking just because of you guys.

    What he said is not harmful for any women infact i am also doing a job but i am agree with him.

    ok Mr Author let me ask you a question can you allow your sister or daughter to participate in internationall women wrestling ?

    It is a reality that women can not do the same as man can do and we should accept it.

    and those who are saying that he is conservative then believe me conservative Muslim is 100 times better then dummy Muslim.Recommend

  • Attock2SanFrancisco

    Pakistani girls competing in sports may be ok but swimsuits, catwalks and kabbadi …come on..!!!
    Recommend

  • Ali

    Isn’t he the guy who tried to bite the cricket ball? Recommend

  • NoJustNo

    In the Islamic Republic of Iran women play football, and participate in almost all sports. Stop being so backwards man. Maybe its just his pashtoon culture, has nothing to do with Religion. Pak women SHOULD and MUST play cricket! Not just the top elite womens cricket players, but town, village level, actual leagues and teams right across Pakistan.Recommend

  • MyHeartSpeaks

    if woman stays at home, cooks foods for his husband and pleases him, that’s backwardness. But, if woman goes outside and cooks food (as chef) in resturant or serves food to customers and please them (very common practice in Europe).. that’s enlightenment…how funny is that..Recommend

  • Fed up

    The most admired people of Pakistan at “international level” are those who you call backward.Recommend

  • Fed up

    The most admired people of Pakistan at “international level” are those who you call backward.Recommend

  • Ajmal

    How he is embarrassing Pakistan? U should be ashamed if u r Pakistani and saying this to a man who is patriotic second of all Islam says beauty lies in covering look at the generation of Pakistan now wearing jeans and being honest most families are destroyed due to too much freedom of women I am not saying they should be slave or anything but they should be control in limits Recommend

  • zainab ghani

    useless article, the whole thing is being blown out of proportion. The man just said half a vague sentence on which so much useless fuss is being made. I guess ET is short of materialRecommend

  • Ajnabi Sheher

    Afridi made a mistake of freaking India out in Bangladesh and once again proving the 2 nation theory valid. He had to be bashed. After all he committed the same mistake which Imran Khan did. So Afridi is latest target of desi liberals after Imran Khan now ;-)Recommend

  • Ajnabi Sheher

    Afridi made a mistake of freaking India out in Bangladesh and once again proving the 2 nation theory valid. He had to be bashed. After all he committed the same mistake which Imran Khan did. So Afridi is latest target of desi liberals after Imran Khan now :DRecommend

  • Bano Aubergine

    No we won’t Pakiboy because judging by his popularity and his widespread appeal, he does have considerable influence. So no, for a public figure, its not JUST a personal opinion Dear Pakiboy.Recommend

  • Bano Aubergine

    Hey guys, how about, oh dear… letting women be the judge of what their roles should be in society?Recommend

  • https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8559594100366660134#allposts Supriya Arcot

    Whats so backward about what he said FGS . Is it backward to stay at home ? does it not require skills ( and more like patience and perseverance ) to cook and clean at home. So going by that standards , stay-at-home women are something backward and derogatory is it ? . He is not a politician. He need not worry about the public vote while giving his opinion. I , in fact like the fresh way in which he speaks without thinking or calculating in advance and trying to be politically correct in public.Recommend

  • yasmeen

    indians ko single handedly haraya.. we can expect from indians and similar minds to take out months old vid to degrade him. ye kabhe nahe sudhre gayRecommend

  • Ahad

    Dill kee baat karddeee apnay,finally an intellect being on this site posts a comment.Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/shail.arora.589 Shail Arora

    leh… women rights activism is not an “Indian Lobby” creation, it’s a global phenomenon.Recommend

  • https://www.facebook.com/shail.arora.589 Shail Arora

    leh… women rights activism is not an “Indian Lobby” creation, it’s a global phenomenon.Recommend

  • Syeda

    You better get your facts straight about islam. Islam doesn’t limit women in any way from peospering in education and business. Remember our Holy Prophet pbuh married a businesses woman Bibi Khadija r.a. Its people like you in our society who have manipulated islam. Recommend

  • Backward

    Here in US the most modern and independent Pakistani women often get caught shoplifting a dollar of two worth a product….LolRecommend

  • Backward

    Here in US the most modern and independent Pakistani women often get caught shoplifting a dollar of two worth a product….LolRecommend

  • Syeda

    Its not the competition thats of concern, its about the wrong mentality of men when they see women prospering in other spheres of life. Tbh i think men are jealous and selfish, they just cant stand when women start earning more, taking their place as the hero breadwinners. Plus by limiting them they enjoy the luxury of getting everything thing done for them. Its worse than being slavesRecommend

  • Syeda

    Its not the competition thats of concern, its about the wrong mentality of men when they see women prospering in other spheres of life. Tbh i think men are jealous and selfish, they just cant stand when women start earning more, taking their place as the hero breadwinners. Plus by limiting them they enjoy the luxury of getting everything thing done for them. Its worse than being slavesRecommend

  • Syeda

    I partly agree with you. Apart from being a good character we shouldn’t forget mr afridi is not a literate person and has a basic mindset looking at his background. But at the same time being in the position he is, he should take some counselling before making such statements in public without thinking twice. Recommend

  • Syeda

    I partly agree with you. Apart from being a good character we shouldn’t forget mr afridi is not a literate person and has a basic mindset looking at his background. But at the same time being in the position he is, he should take some counselling before making such statements in public without thinking twice. Recommend

  • Syeda

    You are not getting the point here:) Recommend

  • Syeda

    You are not getting the point here:) Recommend

  • Nobody

    Are you kidding? What Islam did you study? Mine didn’t teach me I “belong” in the kitchen. Rubbish.Recommend

  • Nobody

    Are you kidding? What Islam did you study? Mine didn’t teach me I “belong” in the kitchen. Rubbish.Recommend

  • Nobody

    Um, what? I’ll give you this much, at least you’re not trying to hide your blatant misogyny. You’re honest about the fact that you think women belong in chains, LONG chains so they’re “not slaves or anything” but chains.Recommend

  • Nobody

    Um, what? I’ll give you this much, at least you’re not trying to hide your blatant misogyny. You’re honest about the fact that you think women belong in chains, LONG chains so they’re “not slaves or anything” but chains.Recommend

  • Nobody

    That’s not how men and women are “made” that’s how centuries of social conditioning has made them. I can’t believe people still try to use the “women are more compassionate” argument as a justification for them to be used for one purpose: pop out babies and cook food. Societies that attempt to grow on the basis of that notion will find themselves obsolete.
    And fyi, I know many men who are equally if not MORE compassionate and caring (my father being one of them) and I know women who are not as caring or maternal and are better suited doing something else with life. It’s a personal preference and for some women, having babies or being a homemaker isn’t at the top of the list anymore. it’s 2014, not 714. The days of physical strength being the only means necessary for the progress of society are gone; we are not living in the days of hunters and gatherers. Technology is the propeller blade for society now and men and women alike can excel in it.Recommend

  • Nobody

    That’s not how men and women are “made” that’s how centuries of social conditioning has made them. I can’t believe people still try to use the “women are more compassionate” argument as a justification for them to be used for one purpose: pop out babies and cook food. Societies that attempt to grow on the basis of that notion will find themselves obsolete.
    And fyi, I know many men who are equally if not MORE compassionate and caring (my father being one of them) and I know women who are not as caring or maternal and are better suited doing something else with life. It’s a personal preference and for some women, having babies or being a homemaker isn’t at the top of the list anymore. it’s 2014, not 714. The days of physical strength being the only means necessary for the progress of society are gone; we are not living in the days of hunters and gatherers. Technology is the propeller blade for society now and men and women alike can excel in it.Recommend

  • Nobody

    Because the former is probably not her personal choice and the latter may very well be. See the difference now?Recommend

  • Nobody

    Because the former is probably not her personal choice and the latter may very well be. See the difference now?Recommend

  • Khan sahab

    The question raised by the host was a controversial one and i would admire Lala that he dealt with it quite diplomatically.

    People who are raising voice for ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘freedom of
    thoughts’ are the only ones going against Afridi’s thoughts, be it so
    called backwards. Does he not have liberty to think and say whatever he
    wants?Recommend

  • Hasi

    Thats his opinion. Pashtuns have this cultureRecommend

  • TheAverageMoe

    I wouldn’t say that he isn’t “literate” because to be illiterate means you can’t read, and I’m sure he can read as most people in Pakistan can, I think a better word to describe him would be ‘ignorant’.Recommend

  • KB

    But young Pakistani women doing catwalks and playing Kabbadi in front of male audience – is that Islamic? Women rights are ok but there should be a redline.Recommend

  • Owen Hunt

    Why is not anyone here indifferent to what he said? He only have one
    responsibility towards us and that is to be THE MAN in the ground! What
    he says or do apart from that is worthless. That statement is worthless.
    Now there are two hot topics in Pakistan, misogyny by Afridi and
    misanthropy in Thar. Now it’s you to decide which one is worth
    discussing.Recommend

  • Soldat Amir

    You just said women should be slaves and beauty is with the beholder in a nice big harem….so what if people wear jeans? if its okay for men to wear them why not women? families are destroyed by too much freedom of women? so you support honour killings but ignore the fact that families are also destroyed due to abusive husbands who happen to be very religious too. I think we should control the sexually lustful bearded Muslim men who want to marry little girls as child brides!Recommend

  • zaheer

    It is his opinion… whats wrong with it…you asked him a question he replied as “in my opinion”
    you like his believes or not…. up to u… rest is Khali-WalliRecommend

  • zaheer

    Baji… which islam did u study…
    1. cover the head and wear skinny jeans
    2. back bite your mother in law
    3. knowing the mehrams and non mehrams
    there are many… and a religious student … i can be an undertaker to those who know little and talk moreRecommend

  • knightridrr

    I think you are also being wrong here if you can’t tolerate and move past the opinion of one person. His comments didn’t change my mind and I am sure it didn’t change mind of millions who have a little bit of intellect. As far as mindset of younger generation (who supposedly look up to him as a role model), their judgement on every matter will be based on the environment they are brought up in and their family beliefs.Recommend

  • Shezard

    Afridi was correct, the question was in relation to Pakistani(Muslim) women playing cricket, and women playing professional cricket is totally against the Islamic teachings of hijab and modesty. Just because some butthurt Kafirs react doesnt have to worry true Muslims.Recommend

  • hammurabi

    Why to expect some liberal minded answer from afridi.He is not an intellectual?His outlook on life is same as of a typical Pakistani .from a traditional background.Recommend

  • abubakar

    This is probably the best comment ever. See my friend most of the people refuting your comment are wish washy muslims, they customise islam to suit their needs and likes but are too cowardly to follow the real tenents of islam.Most of them are the real hypocrites and the rest don’t even kniw what real islam is.Recommend

  • abubakar

    It’s stil pretty much 714 in pakistan and all muslim countries barring malaysia and turkeyRecommend

  • abubakar

    Most probably he does teach them thatRecommend

  • Caca Arshad

    lol,Where was this phenomenon when this program was recorded some 4 or 5 months ago ?Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    Of course, I forgot we were living in the 7th century. My bad.

    I also believe that men should only travel on horseback, keep slaves, and have a dozen children.

    If men can prance around in the nude on the streets, play kabbadi/sports, model, act, marry 4 women, then so can women. If the oh-so-pious men have a such a problem with it, they can close their eyes.

    Equality dude. Its in the religion.Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    1. Yea. Afridi has only embarrassed us in about 300+ matches. But, since he gets the job done in 1 / 25 matches, we Pakistanis love him.

    If Afridi is our hero. Then we deserve someone like him.

    2. Being a celebrity, its his unfortunate duty to represent Pakistan and try and become a role model for the Pakistani youth. Spewing sexism isnt exactly the responsible thing to do. Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    Thank you. You’re very wise, sir. After all, so what if he is a sexist who thinks that the kitchen is the rightful place for all women.
    … … …

    And lets not start on Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    Well, men are the superior race. Women are there to support their men, bear children, cook, clean and, if the men are in a gracious mood, they may, MAY, watch some television (preferably something on islam)Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    Thank you. One of the few sensible posts.

    The sad part is that after 20 years of exposure and stardom, we still contend with the teenage Afridi who broke into the first team decades ago. Smh*Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    True that. As a man, I can safely say that this idiot probably lost out to a looootttt of smarter women in his life. Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    You two are probably smartest minds in Pakistan right now.

    Which seriously scares meRecommend

  • Han Jäger

    Anything that conflicts with their ideas/notions, is either an Indian lobby or a Jewish conspiracy.Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    Thats the problem DUDE. The environment they are brought up isnt any better. That is EXACTLY why its important for ROLE MODELS such as AFRIDI to try and have a POSITIVE impact rather than just reinforcing such BASE ideas/notionsRecommend

  • Han Jäger

    As a Pakistani, I wouldnt care less if the Indians (i can’t believe we are even blaming them) found this video and spread it like wildfire on the internet/social media.

    The point being…he DID say those things. And that is deplorable.Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    That is EXACTLY what he needs to be doing: THINKING about what he says and the repercussions they may have. The dude has been in the limelight since 2 decades. He isn’t a teenager anymore.

    What he says CAN impact the youth who look up to him (God knows why, since he is a horrible cricket player).Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    Pakistani boys competing in sports may be ok but swimsuits, catwalks and kabbadi…come on…!!!

    See what i did there?Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    Someone should call child-servicesRecommend

  • Han Jäger

    Dear Umar Khan,

    Do you know what Pakistan was like pre-zia era? Yes? Well, I don’t think you do. We were far more progressive at that time than we are now. And unfortunately we are on a downward spiral since years.

    I’ll keep it simple for you:
    Women = Men
    Women jobs = Men jobs
    Women cook = Men cook
    Women Leaders = Men Leaders
    Women Actors = Men Actors
    Women cricketers = Men cricketers.

    See the point? E.Q.U.A.L.I.T.Y.Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    As a man, the reality is women are capable of more if not the same things men are capable of doing.

    Besides, Afridi isnt a conservative muslim. He is just a backward conservative idiot. Big difference, wont you agree?Recommend

  • Han Jäger

    Economic issues don’t necessarily triumph social issues, and can be tackled side by side.

    Afridi has been the “THE MAN” approximately 20 times in over 375 Int’l matches. But that is a different debate altogether.

    The reason why NO ONE should indifferent to what he said is because as a role model/celebrity/figure (whatever) he SHOULD know better. He is just reinforcing ideas that reek of sexism and misogyny. Making an example out of him and forcing him to TAKE BACK his words is a good, positive precedent to establishRecommend

  • Qurrat ul ain Hassan

    I have been working for the last 10 years around and all by my pleasure more then need. Still i agree with him. We cant say women best place is in kitchen but a home is heaven on earth. They can do whatever is in limits. Lala said so because he is not interests to see, date or stare other women. Its not called backwardness, its called protection. There is a news going on about a teen age American girl who sued her parents for not paying her study fees and some so-called open minders wont mind if their parents kicked them out too. Why to follow them outside home follow them inside home too.Recommend

  • kanwal

    Thats a totally different discussion and out of context here. He never bothered to explain anything. Just made a sweeping statement like the chauvinist he is and said he does not want to say anything else. So a mention of kitchen is the only thing women in pakistan are worth in his statement? he could have said he thinks some professions he might not like himself and some others he approves. but a sweeping statement shows a deep problem.Recommend

  • pakiboy

    superstar/public figure or not, does not matter..everyone should have right to voice his opinions..you can’t dictate him what to say in public or tell him what’s appropriate. just saying.Recommend

  • Unknown

    Is he policy maker? Does his opinion matter other than on cricket? Everyone knows he is pathan and belong to tableegi jammat, All of them have typical mindset and will reply same. Then why media is asking this question from him? why not from Prime Minister etc. ? Prime Minister opinion matters not afridi’s one in women right laws implementation. Leave Afridi for cricket only please till he join politics then you should ask him these questions. If you ask a engineering question from a medical doctor, what will he reply? Same case here.Recommend

  • bob

    Shahid Afrid is a charismatic cricketer ,not a great cricketer, but he is also a very backward and uneducated person. He has absolutely no idea about the teachings of Quran and Prophet Muhammad on the subject of females. It is unfortunate that little boys look up to him because of his charisma. I feel sorry for his daughters if he wants them to be relegated to the kitchen. Sad and this is 2104!!!!Recommend