The internet, while wonderful, can also be a cesspit. Lewd, nasty comments that often border on sexual harassment are the norm, especially on photos of women and girls. Even celebrities are not spared from the repulsive behaviour.
A Facebook user Nora Jane Hope Wahab recently condemned several netizens, mostly men, for their inappropriate comments. These comments were found on Malaysian singer Elizabeth Tan’s post.
The singer, fondly referred to as Lizzy, posted a simple picture of her looking bored while sitting at the foot of her bed. However, there were numerous comments that sexualised the singer and her photo. Nora was appalled by both the number and the comments. “I rarely (look at) artist’s pages to read the comments,” she said, but seeing the numerous disgusting remarks, Nora felt the need to highlight it.
She stated that Malay men who are ‘crazy isim’ were usually obsessed with topics about ‘aurat (intimate parts of the human body)’, and very dirty minded. “(These Malay men) applied a perverse and double meaning to (Lizzy’s post) with no shame,” Nora declared. “From what I see, there are no non-Muslim men who made perverse comments.”
Their female counterpart, referred to as ‘Kak Isim’ by Nora, was not spared the tirade. She explained that as supporters of these men who will never stop blaming other women. “All the Kak Isim’s should try to go through their husbands, brothers, sons or father’s cell phones to check their search history and comments,” Nora said. “Then they will know that these ‘crazy isim’ exist right beside you so there is no need to find fault with other women.”
Nora’s post has been shared over 3000 times and the author herself was pleasantly surprised. She advises Muslim men to check themselves before blaming women.
We’re glad people like Nora are speaking up on behalf of all women. Hopefully these men take the time to reflect on their actions.