A TV reporter chose to compare women to wrapped and unwrapped candy yesterday in his article on Imran Khan’s commentary on rape. The Prime Minister’s comment to Jonathan Swan in Sunday’s HBO Axios episode – “If a woman wears very little clothing, it will have an impact on men, unless they are robots” – continues to elicit Controversy.
The reporter held two candies in his hand, unwrapping one while holding the other wrapped. The unwrapped candy, he said, was exposed to “bacteria and viruses” while the other was “protected,” he said. The reference to clothed women safe from rape has escaped no one.
It was not appreciated either.
User Fatmounh in a short series of tweets expressed frustration at the glaring fallacy of the analogy of how, although wrapped candy remains protected from disease and insects, it is “still not protected from the man […] because man has the power to tear hundreds of layers of tissue and skin to inflict pain ”
Another observed the redundancy of the analogy, stating that they wouldn’t have thought of seeing “someone using the same analogy with some innovative idiocy again”
Several people pointed out the absurdity of the correlation, expressing how it “promotes the culture of rape” and makes men believe that women are objects ”
One user mentioned Imran Khan’s role in perpetuating such analogies claiming that such situations arise when victims are blamed for “his choice of clothing as opposed to rigid religious beliefs, tyrannical culture and utter institutional failure. to prevent and incarcerate rapists â.
Another woman explained how these “sickening” comparisons “embolden young men” when those in positions of power “defend the culture of rape apologists”
Many took the opportunity to focus on assimilating humans to “flies, bacteria and viruses”.
Some have left quick-witted lines.
Others have commented on the positions of the “rapists [who] are viruses that have the hands, the power and the will to uncover the cutlery. ”
Nasir notes the message implicit in the analogy that “should be seen as deeply offensive to masculinity” indicating how the host “recognizes that we cannot be better human beings.”
Umer Akram expresses his disbelief by stating how this “kind of dehumanization is just appalling”.