During a recent interview with Nadir Ali, Pakistani actor Yashma Gill discussed the issue of women being stereotyped as gold diggers and stressed the importance of financial independence for all women.
In the interview clip, Ali talks about how a man’s worth is often judged by his financial status. Gill disagrees and points out that there are many examples where women from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more successful than their husbands. She emphasizes that this statement about women being gold diggers is not true.
The host then mentions that women who earn money tend to say that they don’t need men. Gill clarifies that when a woman is financially independent, she is not helpless, and can take a stand for herself. She adds that the independence of women is their strength and power.
The host agrees and adds that everyone needs companionship. However, there must be compatibility, respect, and other important factors in a relationship.
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“I don’t want to take names, but if you look around us for examples of people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, there are many examples where women are more successful than their husbands. But they are married, and they’re love marriages.”
“In this field?” questions Ali.
“I won’t take names,” reiterates Gill. “They can be in the field, I’m also talking about outside examples. I don’t think this statement is right where we label women as gold diggers, I don’t think so.”
“Really?” asks Ali. “The heart wants what it wants,” she says. “It’s a famous saying that the man earns and gives to the woman,” continues Ali, “but if the woman earns, she says she doesn’t need a man. It’s famous saying that women have this kind of mentality,” states the host.
“I think this is being confused with when a woman is independent, she is no longer helpless,” answers the Alif star. “She can take a stand for herself. She can say at home that she is not a burden on her family, and she won’t just marry anyone. Or, if she’s in an abusive relationship, she can take a stand for herself there. She knows she can take care of herself.”
“Okay, in this situation -” interjects Ali. “I think – I’m sorry I’m cutting you off,” Gill continues, “I think the independence of girls and women is their strength and power. It’s not that they don’t need men. Everyone needs companionship.”
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“Exactly,” agrees the host. “Take Hazrat Adam and Havva – it’s a natural thing,” continues Gill. “Everyone needs companionship. However, there must be compatibility, respect, and a lot of other things,” she adds.
Later, Yashma Gill took to her Instagram Story to clarify that the host only wanted her opinion on a common misconception in society. She made it clear that he did not agree with the misconception himself, and was respectful towards her throughout the interview.
“So just to clear the air, the respectable host only meant to ask my opinion on what is a common misconception in society. Nowhere did he agree with it himself or said that it is something that he believes in. It was just one of the many things that he discussed with me – “discussed” not imposed, argued or debated. Therefore let’s not get him wrong and frame him in ways he doesn’t deserve because he was nothing but extremely kind and respectful towards me and I was honestly in awe of his nature. A true gentleman.” She wrote.