Musician and philanthropist Shehzad Roy has a new cause, and this time he has launched a crackdown on sexist jokes. The Karachi Kings anthem singer has thrown his support for UK Research Center’s campaign against sexist jokes.
Singer Shehzad Roy is quite the philanthropist. In fact, the United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime (UNODC) have made him their Goodwill Ambassador in Pakistan (and he’s doing a pretty great job of it unlike some people).
The musician is behind a range of social causes. Be it the provision of education to poverty alleviation, Roy has got all these initiatives lined up as part of his own NGO Zindagi Trust.
Say No to Sexist Jokes
Studies have proven that prejudicial humor normalizes discrimination. Sexist jokes normalize the oppression of women and there’s nothing funny about it.
That’s exactly what the British Research Centre’s nationwide campaign is called. The #NOTFUNNY campaign was launched on National Women’s Day.
The campaign’s main aim to curb sexist humor that normalizes discrimination against women.
#NOTFUNNY has garnered a huge response on social media. This includes Allah U Akbar singer Shehzad Roy.
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) February 24, 2019
Other Pakistani celebrities that pitched in for this campaign are Sarwat Gillani, Ainy Jaffri, Sherry Rehman, and Yumna Zaidi to name a few.
Mandescencion:my coinage for when empowered,often toxically macho men condescend by suggesting women’s politics r not “real” if we are not born into a political family;or when sexist jokes r made about being token or advantaged by how 1 looks. #NOTFUNNY @uksresearch @unwomen_pak
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) February 15, 2019
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Q: Why did the woman cross the road? A: Who cares! What the hell is she doing out of the kitchen?Q: Why hasn’t NASA sent a woman to the moon? A: It doesn’t need cleaning yet! These sexist jokes may appear “funny” and harmless to some but they are actually NOT FUNNY and only serve to further perpetuate sexist behaviour and antagonism towards the opposite sex I.e women in this case. So it’s not ok, and if anyone makes these kinds of dumbass jokes in your presence, give them a look of revulsion and then kindly explain how it’s not funny. If they continue to act dim, they’re not worth your time. #NotFunny
Many countries are curbing attitudes that allow sexist jokes to thrive. In 2015, CARE Norway launched a similar campaign.