We get that politics today is largely about who has the best comeback but why is that when it comes to women, the retort is more likely to be sexist?
When a woman talks about power, why do men feel she needs to be reminded that she belongs in the kitchen OR at least know how to run a kitchen to aspire to run a state?(!) Questioning someone's political credentials is one thing but to equate a stereotypical gender role with a 'qualification' of some sort is plain ridiculous.
Unfortunately, even in 2020, politicians in Pakistan don't know better when it comes to unapologetic misogyny; the proof is in PTI Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry's latest jab at PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz.
At a recent press conference criticising the opposition's Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) rallies, the minister for science and technology criticised Maryam and PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, taking a jibe at both of them being handed their political careers due to their families.
"Maryam has never managed a kitchen in her entire life. She lived in her father's house and he ran the household."
Bringing Bilawal into the mix, Fawad said both of them had never worked a day in their life, "yet both are submitting their resume to become the next prime minister of Pakistan."
If this wasn't enough, he continued to post the same on social media, saying "like a spoiled rich girl she has no control over her tongue" and dreams of becoming the prime minister of a nuclear state even though she has never even run a kitchen.
Bewildered, many on Twitter schooled Fawad on how domestic responsibilities were in no way a qualification for wanting to run a state. Simultaneously, many pointed out how current leaders in power, including Chaudhry himself, were not necessarily 'running kitchens' before taking on their roles.
This guy had an entire list and we're living for it
Comparisons were made
And valid questions raised
Some were disappointed
And others pretty furious
But misogyny is misogyny