“No, I am not pregnant. I am fat. And, as the Prime Minister, it’s my right to be fat if I want to.”

–Benazir Bhutto when asked by a journalist

if she was pregnant again, as quoted in “Benazir,

the steely and vulnerable” by Lyse Doucet in

BBC News (29 December 2007).

 

Women will always be held to their ‘responsibility’ of being true to their ‘gender’. You could become prime minister of a country and yet be asked if you are expecting another child as if there weren’t other more pressing matters to discuss related to the country or its people. Women have been battling sexism for a long-time now and yet even today not only in Pakistan (there are still those who would use the floor of the Parliament to comment and snigger on the height or weight of a woman parliamentarian) but also around the world, sexism and discrimination remains as alive as ever. Women are degraded for wanting to choose a career over having children and are still shunned by society from deviating from the ‘norm’. It is about time that women stop being held to unrealistic standards of beauty and perfection, those that men would never dare to hold themselves up to.