Published Feb 16, 2017 04:54pm

Men try to beat Naseem Hameed's running record in this video and fail miserably

This disparity is what happens when parents give boys footballs and girls Barbie dolls in their formative years and pigeon-hole them into boxes.
This disparity is what happens when parents give boys footballs and girls Barbie dolls in their formative years and pigeon-hole them into boxes.

Pakistani society is plagued with patriarchal ideologies and UN Women Pakistan is ready to fight the system with its #BeatMe campaigns.

In the campaign's latest video the initiative went around asking men if they could beat Pakistani runner Naseem Hameed's record time, which is an impressive 11.81 seconds for a 100 meter race.

The men shrugged and stuck out their chests thinking they were going to beat Naseem like it was a piece of cake.

"I'll do it in 10, maybe even 8," boasted one man.

Of course you think that
Of course you think that

So these men were put to the test. But could they beat Naseem? No.

After his run was recorded, one guy shared, "I think I did good" only to find out his time was over 16 seconds. The joys of the inflated male ego.

As the video aired on Facebook ego-bruised men watching the video have commented: "But these guys are not professional athletes [like Naseem] so it's an unfair playing field. There is no competition."

Which makes this video even more revealing. Even if men are mediocre, they think they can one up a trained field and track athlete. Fastest woman in Pakistan, sure, but still beatable by a man.

The video is telling of how deep entitlement runs in Pakistani males — it runs so deep they think they can outperform a female athlete with no training.

Oh indeed
Oh indeed

It also shows how women are scrutinized much more than men even when they perform to the best of their abilities, which ultimately leads to them not stepping up and being assertive in other facets of life, such as the workplace. Men, on the other hand, will perform subpar and still walk around like they aced whatever job they took on.

This disparity is what happens when parents give boys footballs and girls Barbie dolls in their formative years and pigeon-hole them into boxes.

Shout out to the men who gracefully accepted defeat (all two of you!). As for the guy who still couldn't stomach losing to a woman, well, there's always going to be that one guy (at the very least), who's deliriously proud of his poor achievements.

Where do we sign up for this kind of unwavering self-confidence?
Where do we sign up for this kind of unwavering self-confidence?

We were on the fence about UN Women Pakistan's last video; a clip featuring mostly women of privilege, talking in English, decked up in fine clothing and make-up trying to shine a light on domestic violence. The message for that one got lost in translation and came off reductionist but this one's a win for us.

Thanks for salting my wounds bro
Thanks for salting my wounds bro

Next time someone says you throw like a girl or you run like a girl,we're totally showing them this video!


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Asif Feb 16, 2017 05:11pm

My wife is far ahead fromme as far as professional competency is concerned, no doubt about that.

sadface Feb 16, 2017 05:21pm

People think its a gender problem when it is really about who is better than who. Male better than female or white better than brown or tall better than short or senior better than junior. Its really ego that allows one to find deficiency on others to cover up theirs.

adil Feb 16, 2017 05:33pm

Me and my wife we both are software engineers, and she have better skills than me.

Shiz Feb 16, 2017 05:37pm

are these boys stupid she is a professional sprinter and they will do a 100m in 8 sec that's even faster than the human lighting bolt (Usain Bolt)

Pakistan Zindabad Feb 16, 2017 05:37pm

But what will you say about that in each and every international sporting event, men and women are never compared or compete with each other. On the other hand Men almost dominate each and every sport by means of records. Still there are some areas in which women dominates.

SARA Feb 16, 2017 05:37pm

The sample for this survey is naive, any body who is a little familiar with any out door sports know that 11.68 is not worlds best time for women but for any ordinary men its too fast. Any thing below 13 sec is tough

analyses Feb 16, 2017 05:38pm

Great write-up. Well the world's fastest man ever (i.e. Usain Bolt) has run 100m in over 9.5 seconds - no other man in history has run quicker than that! But we Pakistani men are so talented that some feel they can do it in 8 - just because the fastest woman did it in 11.8 sec.... that's how much superior men think they are here.

Saad(DXB) Feb 16, 2017 05:47pm

I used to play tennis, swim, do regular running and play football. I would say I have been pretty athletic (although not muscular) all my life and my best time for 100 meters was 12.67 seconds. Even then I was the fastest sprinter throughout my school, college and university, except for a lad or two who would beat me narrowly. 11.81 seconds would be an extremely good time for an athlete and would easily earn any man a finals spot in Asian games. This lady is something else. I bow down with respect, may lady.

Balaji Feb 16, 2017 06:30pm

Sure that would get him the first Olympic medal in last 30 years.

jers Feb 16, 2017 06:35pm

These ignorant guys neither knew who is Nasem Hamed nor they know anything about sprinting. It's unfair to ask them this question and expect them to answer reasonably. Any male athlete would beat any female athlete any day if exposed to the same training regimen. This experiment is flawed :)

ahmedj Feb 16, 2017 06:56pm

Those glorious 11.81 seconds of her life rejuvenated the spirits of the entire country for days.

The Sprint Queen, Naseem Hameed.

Moiz Feb 16, 2017 07:54pm

@SARA exactly! They just went up to some random guys who were running around a park and asked them about this. They know nothing about sprinting or sprinting times. Go up to these guys and say the same thing about a male sprinter's time and they would probably react the same way.

waheed Feb 16, 2017 08:07pm

With proper training some of these men might be able to match her prowess

rashid nasim Feb 16, 2017 10:46pm

Guys; lets admit girls are better then boys. That's what I tell my wife.

annie Feb 17, 2017 08:00am

i'm not sure why people are not getting what this story tells, "The video is telling of how deep entitlement runs in Pakistani males — it runs so deep they think they can outperform a female athlete with no training."

azeem Feb 17, 2017 08:29am

Doing 100m in under 12s is far more difficult. after a certain time deducting each second from your time becomes even difficult. But this sentence, "The joys of the inflated male ego." is just too much harsh. It is more ignorance than ego. these same people would probably say the same if she were a man. People just dont know how difficult it is do.

Hassan Feb 17, 2017 09:57am

Agree with article but dont compare an athlete with amateur. Compare record of men and women throughout the world

fawad ala Feb 17, 2017 10:30am

those think running is that easy, kindly meet Naseem Hameed

atif khan Feb 17, 2017 10:54am

No offence to the organisers, but they ask from men in urban areas, My challenge try asking from men in rural areas. especially kpk ones.:)

Pakistani Feb 17, 2017 02:30pm

Lets accept it with a pinch of salt that sometimes women are better than men in all sorts of different things. No shame in that.

Gautam Gohil Feb 18, 2017 11:45am

Stop the dividing men and women on a gender basis. Pitting men against a professional athlete is truly illogical. Scientifically men are stronger than women and hence, traditionally men have been the protectors of women. Here's a report on strength of men and women:

And a 2006 study in the same journal revealed that men had much stronger grips than women — the difference was so big that 90 percent of the women scored lower than 95 percent of the men. The team also looked at highly trained female athletes who excelled at sports requiring a strong grip, such as judo or handball. Though these women did have a stronger grip compared with other women, they still performed worse than 75 percent of the men on this task.

TRUMPOFINDIA Feb 19, 2017 03:30am

As men and women differ in their physic, they cannot be same in every field. Also its proven that their brain neurological pattern is different. So their thinking process alao varies. Doesn't mean one is superior to other.