The thing that really surprised me was what felt like an outpouring of men actually listening. No sympathy, no defence, no #NotAllMen, no tell me again what harassment really is aka let’s make it all about me. Several men tweeted to #MeToo with the hashtag #IHearYou to signify that they’re here to listen to women’s grievances with harassment. Several men tweeted #IHearYou with messages of apologies for the collective male attitude towards women and with a simple assurance that they weren’t there to offer women advice (about time!), but are here to simply listen.
It sends across a message that a woman is powerful only as long as a she has a boy toy to parade. And more importantly, in the attempt to turn this into a feminist effort, Suistudio forgets that any sexual objectification made with an intention to establish power dynamics between the sexes is only counter productive to the cause of equality.
The creator of the comic, Hassan Siddiqui created Pakistan Girl in the hopes that Sarah’s self-reliance and power will inspire teenage girls in Pakistan to fight corruption and to stand up for themselves.