Boys want to have fun too

Published: September 29, 2010

Many recreational activities in Karachi are off limits to single men (or groups of males).

What comes to your mind when you think of Karachi? The magnificent sea , ever-glowing lights , loadshedding, paan gutka and for me – gender discrimination. Yup. life is so not fair for the unfair sex in the capital of Sindh.

I would have never noticed such discrimination had I been living in Karachi with my family. It was only when I came back to the city to pursue higher studies that I perceived the stark discrimination. The practice here is that all the trendy hang outs, parks, recreational spots are restricted to families only. As harsh as it seems this would still be reasonable if it were to apply to both sexes. But no, in this gender biased city two females are considered a family while two males are a nuisance!

If you are an average guy , try getting inside The Forum or Park Towers on a Saturday evening and you’ll be shown the exit door even before making your way pass the entry. But if it is a mixed group or even an exclusively female one, you’ll be greeted inside with a welcome grin.

This anti-male culture exists in open environments as well, like in Bagh ibne Qasim and Funland which have security ready to pounce on any female-less male. Moreover, the one and only renowned cinema in Karachi, Cineplex is restricted to families. So you can’t be a guy and watch a movie in a cinema. No, this right is reserved for women.

I have lived part of my life in Islamabad and I have never seen such a biased attitude there.  Guys are not stopped from enjoying equal luxuries and the city is far more peaceful then Karachi. So the argument that boys lack manners or discipline is totally out of the question. Places like Hang Out, Hot Shot, Megazone, F-9 Park, Cinepax would never judge you on the basis of your genitals!

And I’m sure this is the case in other cities as well… well besides Karachi.


Hamza Javaid

An engineering student at NUST in Karachi.

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