S: I am so glad that a culture of women-oriented movements has started. It is high time that our country also leads the way to making sure that they actually care about what is happening to the ‘other’ gender.

A: What, these movements like “girls at dhabas”, or that pink rickshaw one? I really do not think these will make any difference in the long run. I mean, yes, it’s a good start, but do these women actually represent the Pakistani population and the real problems that women face? I hardly think so.

S: What do you mean by ‘real’?

A: poverty, systematic oppression, not being able to go to school, early marriage. All these problems that are highly entrenched in our society. Why aren’t we fighting for these? I don’t think sitting and drinking chai will solve anything.

S: Wow. I guess sitting here, and complaining about it is better no? Isn’t your own sister being pressured to get married and quit her job as we speak!? We really need to stop complaining less, and actually doing more. So, these women, who legitimately think that the public space does not cater to them, are fighting for a worthless cause Ameen? Are you seriously saying this, as a man, that these women have no idea what they are talking about?

A: I never said that these women do not know what they are doing, and their problems are not real. I just feel that we should start from the grassroots, and climb up. In a society like the Pakistani, no one will take them seriously, unless you factor in ‘all’ women.

S: Just because these women come from a somewhat ‘privileged’ background, does not mean that they don’t have problems. Maybe, we should support them, while they try to fight for all women, other than simply criticising. And at the grassroots, men sit on women’s rights and dole them out as privileges. You are a prime example of that.