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Politician Gender Swap: Imagining an alternate universe

03:39 PM | 3 May, 2017
Politician Gender Swap: Imagining an alternate universe
Hear me out before you burn me down.

So, apparently, our male politicians do not respect women a lot. We are all shocked, SHOCKED to know this. The reason behind this may be that we (men) don't consider women our equals, we do not think that they are the exact same beings as men except for some inconsequential physical differences.

Maybe we can change that by looking at our leaders, men and women, in a different light? Maybe if we can for a moment re-imagine women as men and men as women, our perception of them will change a tiny bit?

Technology now allows us to do this. An amazing app on Google Play Store uses Artificial Intelligence and Neural Networks to re-imagine a photo by giving it the opposite gender.

Should we be doing this? We are not exactly sure. What are moral and ethical arguments against doing such a thing? I personally have no idea.



But look at this. This is Imra Khan. This is a veteran politician who used to be a sportswoman. She also has a lot of gossipy sex-scandals in her past. Re-imagine her past and present, do we respect her any less or idolize her any less because she is a woman? If the answer is yes, we might have internalize misogyny to such an extent we don't even realize it's there.



This is Dr. Sher Mazari. He is a nationalistic foreign policy and national security expert with a huge following. He has published books and many research papers. Does anyone in the country dare to call him demeaning names like 'tractor-trolly' on the National Assembly floor?



This is Shabana Sharif. She is the sister of our Prime Minister. Will we readily accept her as the chief minister of our largest province? Or will we reject her outright without giving her a chance to show how capable she is?



This is Shehnaz Mehmood Qureshi. She is the daughter of an influential family from South Punjab. Will she be given the custodianship of a major Sufi Shrine in Multan? Will she be called a Makhdoom and a Pir and given the leadership of her tribe?



This is Sheikh Rasheeda. She is famous for her sex scandals and coarse language. She once famously said, "If men are available in the market, why do I have to get married?" Does Pakistan take her seriously?



This is Hamid Rabbani Khar. Scion of a powerful political family, he has represented and aggressively defended Pakistan at major international forums. He is a handsome and well-educated fellow. Do we regularly discuss his accessories or the content of his character? Do we appreciate or ridicule him?



This is Raheem Khan. He is a famous TV Anchor and a Journalist. He married a Pakistani politician. Will there be a scandal about it? Will he become the focus of abuse just because of his decision to marry?



This is Asma Zardari. Would she be given the party's leadership after her husband's death? After repeated corruption scandals against her, will we still tolerate her? Will we make her the leader of her tribal clan?



This is Jahangira Tareen. Will it be so easy for her to get the top position in her party immediately after joining or will she have to prove herself again and again?



This is Shehryar Rehman. He is an accomplished professional and a veteran politician. Will a photo of him with a cigarette in his hand create a huge scandal?




Should we have made these photos? That is debatable. Maybe I crossed a line here. Maybe this whole article is deeply problematic and in poor taste.

Or maybe we need to reconsider the way we think about people and judge them. I made these photos because technology allows me to imagine an alternate universe and I want to imagine a universe where roles are reversed just to know more about the universe we live in.

If you are outraged, consider this post-modern art and send all hatemail to test@example.com

(The article does not mean to ridicule anyone, especially based on their gender. All photos made with FaceApp android software)

Waqas Ahmed is Editor, Digital Media, at Daily Pakistan Global. You can reach him at waqas@dailypakistan.com.pk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 1, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 1, 2024 (Friday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.32 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 353 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 1, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.32 282.35
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.4 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.43 174.43
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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