Pyari Mona starring Sanam Jang is the story of almost every if not all plus size woman in Pakistan. The episode starts with a witty opening showing us what a lively and carefree personality Mona has.
She is a fun, caring, determined, and self-willed person who is driven by the stubbornness of achieving something on her own two feet in life.
Even though she comes from a very well-to-do family, she is seen struggling to find a job. Moreover, the first episode of Pyari Mona uncovered some of the biggest problems that women face every day. Here are some of them:
Harassment in Workplaces
While having a conversation with her friend, Mona tells him that she left the job because she was being harassed. Harassment in the workplace is a serious issue in Pakistan, as it is in many countries. It can take many forms, including verbal abuse, physical abuse, and sexual harassment.
Harassment can have a detrimental effect on an individual’s mental and physical health and can lead to decreased job performance, absenteeism, and even job loss. In Pakistan, there are laws in place to protect workers from harassment, including the Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010, but enforcement of these laws is often lacking.
It is important for employers to have clear policies in place to address harassment, and to provide training and education to employees on what constitutes harassment and how to report it.
Mona’s mom is always trying to push her to lose weight, come back home, and discourages her from being independent or going around applying for jobs as their family reputation is at stake.
Having an unsupportive mother can be difficult for anyone, but it can be particularly challenging for plus-sized women. Body image and self-esteem are closely linked, and negative comments or attitudes from a parent can have a significant impact on how a person views themselves. Plus-sized women may already struggle with societal pressure to conform to a certain body type, and unsupportive comments from a mother can exacerbate these feelings of self-doubt and insecurity.
Additionally, mothers often serve as role models for their children, and an unsupportive mother can teach a plus-sized daughter to internalize negative attitudes towards her body. This can lead to a cycle of self-esteem issues, body dissatisfaction, and even disordered eating patterns.
It is important for mothers to be supportive and encouraging of their daughters, regardless of their body size. This can help their daughters develop a positive body image and self-esteem, which can lead to better mental and physical health.
Yes, Skinny People Are Shamed Too
Mona is not the only victim of body shaming in the drama, her sister Samia is also a victim. Despite being active, slim, and a busy housewife, her husband is always taunting her eating habits and figure. We see that Babar keeps nagging her to eat better, and exercise more, and he pushes her to maintain herself better because he himself is a fitness freak and wants his wife to follow the same path.
Personal Gain Over Family
While body shaming was the main topic of the episode and drama, we also see that Babar is trying to set up Mona with one of his friends. From the conversation, we can clearly see that he and his business will gain a lot of profit if things work out. So much so he sweet-talks his wife to get Mona to stay over so that he can set up a meeting between them.
Furthermore, we can already tell that his friend is probably a plus-sized person himself who might be divorced or has something fishy up his sleeves.
In a nutshell, body shaming is a harmful and pervasive issue in society that can have serious consequences for an individual’s mental and physical health.
Body shaming can lead to feelings of low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and even disordered eating patterns. It can also contribute to the development of negative body image and a distorted perception of one’s own body. Body shaming can also lead to a lack of self-confidence, which can prevent people from pursuing their goals and aspirations, whether it’s in the professional or personal field.
It is important to recognize that body shaming is not acceptable and to speak out against it. Society should respect and value diversity in body shape and size, as well as promote self-acceptance and self-love. Everyone should be encouraged to focus on their health and well-being, rather than on societal standards of beauty.
Verdict – 4/5
While Pyari Mona is tackling a very important subject at hand, we honestly do wonder if is it enough. Shouldn’t we teach our children respect and love in schools? Teach them empathy, and sympathy, that all colours and body types are beautiful, and that we should live and let live.
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