Hasan Nisar and nude beaches in Pakistan
A well-known journalist, Hasan Nisar was recently criticised by religious extremists and individual zealots from all over the country for a statement he made on a TV show. The most circulated interpretation of his statement has been that he suggested nude beaches in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
I won’t be surprised if the analyst regrets having said something like that in a country where a woman is not just a woman but an honour for her family, sometimes her neighbourhood and in the case of women like Dr Aafia Siddiqui and Veena Malik, for the entire country. From a liberal perspective, the suggestion has been appreciated behind closed doors and it’s obvious why this appreciation can’t make its way to the mainstream.
To be clear, what we’re discussing here is not just a woman. It’s the opinion that a sexually satisfied nation would have more room for progress than a sexually frustrated one. Before we go any further, let us understand sex a little better. Sex is a basic human need without a doubt, unless you’re asexual. And the ratio of asexuality is normally very low to be brought into discussion here.
We all feel hungry, thirsty and you can add a couple more abstract nouns that fit here. Similarly, we have a very basic need for sex and studies confirm that the fulfilment of this need is normally very healthy for us, just like the fulfilment of all other basic needs. It isn’t very difficult for a conscious mind to understand that an unfulfilled basic need can not only lead to bad but downright dangerous consequences.
Think about it.
If you keep a man away from water for a very long time, he wouldn’t refrain from drinking his own urine for the sake of survival.
You may call yourself a ‘proud Pakistani’ but here a woman is veiled, considered a lollipop and forced to believe that she is not supposed to have an identity.
Alas, it really is a shame that even a pet is taken outdoors for its enjoyment and leisure while a woman is an embarrassment if she gets out of the house. These fathers and brothers may refuse to understand the very natural ways of the law of attraction between a man and a woman but it doesn’t change the fact that the person locked in the house is as attracted to the opposite sex as them.
A woman is just as human as a man. So, why is a woman supposedly the one to stay at home? Why is a man supposedly the one to go out and make a living? It’s time we understand that this ‘honour thing’ is nothing but a burden to society. We need to make the world a better place to live in and freedom for all genders is necessary for that.
I’m sure you are wondering what all this has to do with Hasan Nisar’s suggestion.
Well, nude beaches are un-Islamic and definitely not acceptable in our country; we prefer using proxies on the internet instead!
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