চৌদি আজবের নারীরা ইসলামের কল্যাণে সর্বোচ্চ সম্মানপ্রাপ্ত, তা তো আমরা সকলেই জানি। সেই সম্মান রক্ষার্থে তাদের কী কর্তব্য, How not to get punished for being a woman নামের 'শিক্ষামূলক' ভিডিওতে দেখুন। ব্যঙ্গের মাধ্যমে সত্যপ্রকাশ।
(Note: the woman and man featured in the video are the same two people throughout, although the settings change often. All of the spoken lines are spoken by the man; the woman is silent throughout the clip.)
[Middle Eastern man wears gray suit and stands against a desert background; he speaks English with a strong Arab accent]: As a woman living in Saudi Arabia, do you often worry that you will be a victim of state brutality?
[Cut to woman in a short-sleeved red floral dress. Woman nods.]
[Same man, standing against blue sky and clouds background]: Well, worry no more. This educational video will help.
[Woman against blue background. Woman smiles. Flowers pop up around her on the screen.]
[“How not to get punished for being a woman” appears onscreen around man, who says the same thing]
[Man standing in front of ducks on a pond background]:The first thing to understand is as a woman you are the property of a man. Either your father, brother, or husband. This man is your guardian. [Woman nods.] It’s his job to look after you.
[Man now standing alongside a picture of a monkey in the background]: And it’s your job to do exactly what he says. Follow these simple tips and you will be fine.
[Woman smiles and gives a thumbs up with both hands. Smiley faces pop up around her on the screen]
[“STUDY AND WORK” appears on the screen]. Man says same thing with pyramids in the background.
[Woman in front of a chalkboard in the background. She raises her hands as though she is pleading]
Man’s voice: Ask your guardian if you can go to school. Fingers crossed [woman crosses fingers on both hands] he’ll say yes.
[Man with the picture of a cow on the beach in the background]: You’ll learn how to perform your primary role in life.
[Woman holding a four-tier cake on a tray, slight smile on her face] Which is to be an ideal housewife
[Woman holding a baby, slight smile on her face; strollers pop up around her on the screen] and a good mother.
[Man with cow in background]:You can also train to be
[Woman with graduation cap and a forced smile] a teacher
[Graduation cap disappears and a nurse’s cap appears in its place]:or a nurse.
[Man in front of a jumping dolphin in the background]: But remember: ask permission from your guardian unless you want to be punished.
[Cut to red background, man wears white tank top, screams “Argh,” flails arms, flexes arms, raises fists, and licks his teeth.]
[Cut to woman who opens her mouth in fear]
[“MOVEMENT” appears on screen against a pyramid background and man on screen, cut to man standing with a green snake in the background]: A woman’s place is in a home.
[Woman nods. Homes pop up around her on a screen.]
[Cut to man against snake background]: A man’s place is everywhere else. [Globes pop up alongside man and disappear.]
Here are some simple dos and don’ts to help you remember.
[Cut to woman walking from kitchen to bedroom]:Walking from the kitchen to the bedroom: Yes.
[Woman against a green background, planes fly across the screen]: Boarding a plane on your own?
[Man with snake background]: no.
Walking from the bedroom to the bathroom: yes. [Woman walks from a picture of a bedroom to the bathroom]
Riding a car: no. [Woman drives a red monster truck from right to left side of the screen.]
Walking from the bathroom to the bedroom: yes. [Woman walks from a picture of a bathroom to the bedroom].
Taking public transport: no. [Woman sits on top of a British-style double decker red bus.]
Remember: ask permission first. [Picture of a tiger’s face in the background.] Unless you want to be punished.
[Man in white tank top roars (sound effects sound like a lion). Cut to woman who opens her mouth wide in fear, raises her shoulders]
[Man stands in front of a background of the pyramids]. Health.
[Woman stands in front of a blue background, her arms are removed, and blood spurts from her shoulders. She looks at each shoulder spurting blood].
[Man stands in front of a desert background] Man: Medical emergency? Your instinct might be to call your doctor or rush to the hospital.
Stop. Your doctor cannot treat you without your guardian’s say so.
Remember: Ask permission unless you want to be bunished.
[Man stands in front of red background in his tank top, laughs maniacally and flexes both arms].
[Woman brings both fists to her mouth in fear].
OTHER STUFF [appears on screen]
[Man standing in front of a background of a salad on a plate]. There is a lot of other things you shouldn’t do.
[Woman riding on top of train]. Don’t catch a train with men.
[Woman wearing a hat and wearing a briefcase with a city in the background]. Don’t go to offices with men.
[Woman sitting at a table in a café]. Don’t go to restaurants with men.
[Woman relaxing on the beach]. Don’t go to beaches with men.
[Woman on a roller coaster]. Don’t go to amusement parks
[Woman skating at an ice rink] or ice skating rinks with men.
[Woman hitting a tennis ball with a racquet.] Don’t play sport.
[Woman raising her hand in a courtroom]. Don’t attempt to speak in court.
[Man in suit with salad background]. So here’s a quick recap. You must get permission if you ever want to study, work, travel, see the doctor, or use the law.
[Man in front of white ducks on a pond in background]. Remember. Remember. Remember. Ask permission. Unless you want to be punished.
[Man in front of red background in white tank top. Roars, flails arms about, and raises right fist in triumph/anger.]
[Cut to cue cards]: “In 2011, women in Saudi Arabia were promised the right to vote in the next municipal election. Despite this, women’s basic human rights continue to be violated by the guardian system, which authorizes male control over women.”
[Cut to yellow screen with Amnesty international symbol of a candle with barbed wire and TV and link to watch more.]