20 September, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 24, 1435
Aizzah conducts a workshop full of men (and three women) and catches herself stereotyping somebody (“Oh my God, this dude looks like the Taliban, what is he doing in my class on play-writing.”)<br /> <br /> Follow the digital voyage, daily with NYC based writer/actress Aizzah Fatima, as Dawn.com Blog presents her series of Video Logs of her tour to Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore.<br /> <br /> Her tour encompasses performances with Pakistani artists as well as conducting workshops on writing and acting at Nation

Aizzah conducts a workshop full of men (and three women) and catches herself stereotyping somebody (“Oh my God, this dude looks like the Taliban, what is he doing in my class on play-writing.”)

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Follow the digital voyage, daily with NYC based writer/actress Aizzah Fatima, as Dawn.com Blog presents her series of Video Logs of her tour to Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore.

Her tour encompasses performances with Pakistani artists as well as conducting workshops on writing and acting at National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA), Indus Valley Institute of Art and Architecture (IVS), School of Writing, and Arts Council of Pakistan among others.

View the rest of the vlog series here:

http://dawn.com/2013/04/19/from-amreeka-to-pakistan-harlem-shake-and-the-bhainhood/ http://dawn.com/2013/04/18/from-amreeka-to-pakistan-fatima-jinnah-universitys-women-of-seven/ http://dawn.com/2013/04/15/from-amreeka-to-pakistan-waking-up-to-the-serenity-of-islamabad/ http://dawn.com/2013/04/14/from-amreeka-to-pakistan-at-napa-while-khi-is-shutting-down/ http://dawn.com/2013/04/13/from-amreeka-to-pakistan-the-kids-are-nervous/ http://dawn.com/2013/04/12/from-amreeka-to-pakistan-the-isi-comes-to-see-my-performance/ ? http://dawn.com/2013/04/11/from-amreeka-to-pakistan-inspiration-as-an-artist/ http://dawn.com/2013/04/10/from-amreeka-to-pakistan-karachi-i-am-here/ http://dawn.com/2013/04/09/from-amreeka-to-pakistan-the-beginning/

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Reviews: The Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304203304576446681774039142.html

Backstage: http://www.backstage.com/bso/content_display/news-and-features/e3id4b5fcc807e83038e7410d643a6d3505

Mooney on Theatre: http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2011/08/22/review-dirty-pakistani-lingerie-masala-mehndi-masti/

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ali
Apr 22, 2013 02:58am
Men who stare at women are not limited to Pakistan, it prevails in all third world countries Europe and North America as well the intensity is probably a little less but it is there, the video shown here is showing men looking around but who they are ;looking around or staring is anybody`s guess .
Yawar
Apr 22, 2013 03:22am
Would our maulvis admonish men from staring at women? Of course not. Because obviously it is the woman's fault for enticing men to stare at her.
King Tut (@AmirTut)
Apr 22, 2013 11:43pm
When I was in Pakistan, staring was common I visited a few places with my wife and staring was a problem, it was one of the reasons I was reluctant to spend quality time with my wife out and about in the cities. I think the problem is, that in any society where you have a strict policy of segregation of the sexes this will happen especially if you're using religion to justify it. Often we hear the response, well a woman should be wearing a hijab or a niqab to avoid this kind of thing, that is such a foolish response, the problem is the men and how they've been brought up. There are tribes in the Amazon which are matriarchal and males and females are mostly nude, its perfectly acceptable to them, and their society functions. We have this extremely unhealthy obsession in trying to control women using religion. The idea of the niqaab (face veil) isn't even Islamic its Persian the idea came from the royal persian society. Royal women on stature used to wear the face veil to imply a sense of stature, it had nothing to do with hiding the femininity or "auwrah" of women these are just man made concepts just as religion is a man made concept. I leave you with an apt quote:
D
Apr 22, 2013 07:32pm
I'm very surprised the staring is news to you. I've been stared down in the US by hispanics, I dont think that issue is specific to Pakistan. Perhaps you were dressed differently? Goodluck with trying to change that.
D
Apr 22, 2013 07:34pm
I agree, you were totally judging
Shujaat Ali
Apr 22, 2013 01:01am
So so on point!
mw
Apr 22, 2013 02:20pm
You have to understand - Only 30 % of the population is nominally educated. Majority is in such a cultural and moral abyss; you don't expect them to understand any norms. To them you are a novelty, it is like you are in a zoo.
Syed
Apr 21, 2013 11:10pm
Men in pakistan - not all - are indeed creepy and perverts.
amir
Apr 21, 2013 09:26pm
whenever you start my saying "i dont want to judge" it means you are judging.
iPakistani
Apr 21, 2013 11:20pm
I remember walking out of the Jinnah Terminal in Karachi a few years ago when I visited Pakistan from the US, and had a similar experience; people staring at me, and guess what, I am a guy, and I am Pakistani, not a gora.
AHA
Apr 22, 2013 11:28am
I agree with everything you wrote.
TheGuyStaring
Apr 22, 2013 08:18am
this is what you take from Pakistan....Amazing!!