In our society periods, miscarriage and pregnancy are traditionally censored subjects and one often questions why. A viral web series ‘Say It All With Iffat Omar’ recently took charge of highlighting this mindless censorship. In episode 6, Iffat Omar and Juggun Kazim discusses the various issues women are facing these days. Defying stereotypes in a bold conversation, both women discuss all subjects generally defined as taboos.
Focusing on “Log Kya Kahengy”, the three horrid words that have ruined us as a society, Iffat Omar and Juggun Kazim talk about how discussions around women’s health are avoided which creates more problems for not just women but also for the society as a whole. When you put mindless restrictions on freedom of speech you nurture nervousness and curiosity around those subjects which in turn can lead to violence of irreversible magnitude. Commenting on the above, Juggun Kazim opines, “I think it’s about time we end this awkwardness about periods, sex and pregnancy because it’s necessary to address it now! Look at the Kasur cases.” She makes us question if we as a nation have done enough for Zainab’s case. She further adds, “Why did we only blur the criminal’s picture and not the victim’s?”
When asked about her recent miscarriage, Kazim talks about the negative comments she‘s receiving on which she says, “my miscarriage was disappointing but the comments I got after that, were more disappointing” added to that she also questioned the commentators, “do you think I killed my own child?”
The ladies also discussed body shaming. As we know body shaming can be overt, as well as implied, with celebrities being lauded and criticized almost every day, women are the easiest targets. Iffat and Juggun discuss the pressures a woman has to face when being forced to conform to the ideal beauty standards. Juggun speaks up and says, “no one likes to hear comments about their body.”
Juggun is a working woman, is handling multiple businesses at once but she still thinks that women who are rarely in public eye or discourse deserve more respect than they actually receive. She opines, “nobody’s work is tougher than that of homemakers.”
We are amazed by how Juggun moved these subjects from sidelines to center stage through her interview. Kudos to Iffat Omar, for making the discussion so insightful. We can’t wait to see what comes next on ‘Say It All With Iffat Omar.’