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Problematic TV content: a catastrophe in the making

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The finale for Merey Pas Tum Ho will be shown in cinemas across Pakistan. This is no surprise considering how cherished the rhetoric is of an angelic man married to a selfish woman.

That’s the premise of perhaps every household in the country — the ‘woman’ who stole the son or the husband or the brother. It is always the ‘other woman’ who gets the blame, never the man.

That also begs the question: are men not sentient beings with sense and intellect and the ability to make decisions on their own? But that’s a debate for another time.

The patriarchal mindset is so deeply-rooted that women tend to believe they have no choice but to fiercely compete with each other to survive. It’s the women, fed with the idea of feminine foes, who seem to enjoy seeing another one of her gender broken. Needless to say, sisterhood is a concept that most need familiarising with.

It is no wonder then that women’s oppression makes for prime time........

© The Express Tribune