Monthly Archives: July 2014

Rape, Football Matches and Us

My friends – graduates of ‘elite’ schools such as LUMS and IBA couldn’t help but (mis)use the rape analogy as they discussed the Brazil vs Germany FIFA Football World Cup match.
“What a rape. 33 minutes and 0-5,” said one.
“Rape is an understatement,” declared another.
“Balatkar. Nazreen.” said another.
This is how I found out the result for that particular match. As I tried to correct them about how they used the word ‘rape’, I was told how I’m “such a woman” and a “feminist”. Our group is all about leg-pulling for fun, so one even went on to ask me about what did they do to me when I was young – suggesting I got raped as a kid and hence the sensitivity. Of course I didn’t entertain them with my stories – these friends of mine are obviously beyond reason when it comes to their inherent sexism and they won’t understand how they’re only upholding traditional patriarchal values.
What I fail to understand is, how did a bunch guys with a great ability to reason – so much so that they all passed the SATs or the LUMS admission test to get in – which uses tons of analogies in its verbal sections – not be able to understand why the rape metaphor is damaging for our backward society? These are the people who should be leading the awareness campaign in Pakistan – if not them, then who else?

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