Sometimes, it is the little things that make the difference and balance the scale; and more often than not, smaller things are an indicator of bigger underlying issues.
While Instagram is the go-to platform for Pakistanis who aspire to be influencers, Twitter remains a platform for debate (sometimes unhealthy) and thought provoking content. On Monday, a Pakistani man’s tweet stood out amongst the rest; the three part rant highlighted something that is so common in almost every Pakistani household – the love for the chicken leg piece and the underlying importance it represents.
It is quite common in Pakistani households for the leg piece to be offered to the favourite member of the family, a visiting guest or a child returning from abroad; on the dining table, the chicken leg piece is bestowed on family and guests as an honour by the elders who kindly say, ‘Beta, taang ke boti lo na.’
While returning children and guests may be few and far between, on normal days, the chicken leg piece is usually kept for the boys and men of the family – and therein lies the problem, while honouring men, we may end up overlooking the women and girls in the family.
Hamid Shaikh, who describes himself as an entrepreneur and goes by @jurayjspops on Twitter, tweeted about an interaction between his father in law and his wife, which highlighted how the chicken leg peace complex is ingrained in most families.
The chicken leg piece is a harmless example, but it is still a significant one, the way we treat women on our dining table also translates into how we treat them in other fields of life.