WikiLeaks inspires feminine hygiene billboards in Pakistan

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Today I learned: Advertisements in Pakistan are written in English, rather than Punjabi or Urdu, or any other more commonly spoken script.

    I wonder why that is… Some artifact of colonialism? The fact these companies are probably US owned? Trying to appeal to a certain class? Do the majority of Pakistani people understand written English? It seems odd.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      It’s quite common to see English language billboards in India.

      There’s No Milk Like Cow’s Milk!

      • knodi says:

        How do they spell color, and story? What do they call the last letter in the alphabet?

        Just curious.

        • tylerkaraszewski says:

          In India they use British English. I would guess Pakistan is the same way since it has the same British influence.

          It’s funny though, they can tell you’re a native English speaker, but that can’t place accents at all. I’m American and had Indians legitimately curious as to whether I might be English or Australian.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, Pakistan’s official language is, in fact, english, and most road signs, ad,s and official stuff is written in it, because it’s the one language everyone in the country can fluently read.

      I’m nut sure *how* it got that way, only that it is that way now.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why, would it have the implied rhyme and be funny in any other language?

    • Anonymous says:

      All educated Pakistani’s can speak english… Those in the cities anyway…. not the uneducated population thats present in our villages…. so yes all advertisements are in English and very few sometimes in Urdu.

  2. Antinous / Moderator says:

    If only Julian Assange had wings…

  3. -v- says:

    Best thing today.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Why the billboard in English in Pakistan?

  5. CopraCandy says:

    +++Pakistan is at the verge of folding in to this fundamentalist islamic threat+++

    I assure you, that is not the case.

    And this billboard proves it! hahahahahahaha

  6. goldmineguttd says:

    My first thought wasn’t “English?” it was “giant billboards for sanitary napkins?”

    I admit subscribing to the stereotype that islamic countries are more sexually repressive than the US… but I guess that’s not logically possible.

    I dunno, seeing English didn’t surprise me. Move over Esparanto, English is the global lingua franca. For now.

  7. CopraCandy says:

    Being a Pakistani and living in Karachi…

    English is understood by everyone and we have no trouble reading it.

    Pakistan was a British colony for 200 years. That’s why.

    And yes, it’s not surprising for any place in the world now since English today is a global language.

    • Anonymous says:

      Pakistan came into existence on August 14th 1947 after the partition of India. So there is no question of Pakistan being a british colony for 200 years.

    • kjulig says:

      Being a Pakistani and living in Karachi…

      English is understood by everyone and we have no trouble reading it.

      Not everybody lives in Karachi, Lahore or Islamabad. Many Pakistanis have more pressing problems than learning English or getting an education (and indeed about half of your compatriots cannot read at all, be it English or any other language).

  8. CopraCandy says:

    +++How do they spell color, and story? What do they call the last letter in the alphabet?+++

    Colour. Zed.

    But thanks to the internet, American is taking over from English.

    The internet and chating and blogging have been the death of the Queen’s English. In this area American is King.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Alright, the impression of Pakistan being a repressive theocratic shithole* isn’t unwarranted, but do realize that not all of Pakistan is like that. Like any other country, most urban areas are significantly more progressive, to the extent of seeming like a completely different country. The contrast between the south and the northwest is mind-boggling. Although the urbanites aren’t nearly as liberal as commoners in Western liberal democracies, they aren’t the ones burning American flags in the streets.

    * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_law_in_Pakistan

  10. CopraCandy says:

    +++So there is no question of Pakistan being a british colony for 200 years.+++

    The area of India that was Pakistan (and the rest of India) was a British colony for 200 years.

    Sheesh…..

  11. Anonymous says:

    Copra Candy, the parts of British India that became Pakistan were among the last to be conquered by the British, mostly in the 1840s in the wars against Sindh and against the Sikhs who ruled most of the Punjab. So 100 years, not 200.

  12. MarkM says:

    I cannot believe a country thats so scared of women would let a tampon commercial be so public. I mean, you couldn’t show a movie ad with a couple kissing, right?

    • Michael Smith says:

      I cannot believe a country thats so scared of women would let a tampon commercial be so public. I mean, you couldn’t show a movie ad with a couple kissing, right?

      I get the impression that in Pakistan there is a big difference between the middle class cities and the “outback”.
      In Malaysia I noticed that they have TV advertisements for shampoo aimed at Muslim women who never show their hair in public. The ads even have the obligatory shower scene shot from the shoulders up, but cunningly not showing any hair.

  13. CopraCandy says:

    +++the last to be conquered by the British+++

    The last to be British… and first to get rid of them.

    Pakistan is exactly 24 hours older than India. LOL

  14. CopraCandy says:

    +++a country thats so scared of women+++

    So that’s why we had a woman as Prime Minster? Twice? Because we “were scared of her”???

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    • MarkM says:

      Pakistan elected a woman because she was dynastically next in line.
      Which is something, sure, but i believe it takes 4 male witnesses to convict someone of rape, no?

      • Irene Delse says:

        “Pakistan elected a woman because she was dynastically next in line.”

        You might make the same argument about the Kennedy, Bush and Clinton dynasties in the US…

  15. CopraCandy says:

    +++you couldn’t show a movie ad with a couple kissing, right?+++

    In movies, what we lack in sex, we make up for, in violence.

    http://www.ezzal.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Pakistan_movie_23.jpg

    Cheap thrills for everyone!

  16. CopraCandy says:

    +++Pakistan elected a woman because she was dynastically next in line.+++

    No, she was ELECTED in a popular vote and she headed the largest political party.

    I think there is some sand in your eye when it comes to Pakistan, or indeed any place that isn’t the USA.

    That’s OK. I understand.

    +++i believe it takes 4 male witnesses to convict someone of rape, no?+++

    No.

  17. Anonymous says:

    It takes forensic evidence to convict someone of rape in Pakistan.

    Perhaps you have heard of it? “Forensic evidence”?

  18. CopraCandy says:

    Why not look it up?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_raj

    British India… 1613 – 1947.

  19. CopraCandy says:

    And even after Pakistan was created, the Queen was the Head of State for a number of years. And the Pakistan Air Force was called the Royal Pakistan Air Force, for example.

    Even today, we have not cut our ties off… that is quite silly of you if you assume that.

    Our legal system is still 90% British, for example.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Pakistan is really two countries in one.

    The pakistan that western media shows to its viewers is a pakistan mired in poverty, overrun with religious nuts and a desperately failing state.

    However, believe it or not, there is another pakistan that comprises of educated middle class folks that have more in common with an average middle class westerner than the bearded crazies that they show in western media.

    The problem in pakistan is that over the years the political and military establishment has been soft on islamic terrorists as it pursued a proxy war against india. As a result the crazies have been getting stronger and stronger to the point that they now threaten the middle class with their vision of a repressive and sharia minded religious theological state. Pakistan is at the verge of folding in to this fundamentalist islamic threat unless the all powerful military relizes its folly and steps in to reverse the trend.

    -MrIndia

    • CopraCandy says:

      and indeed about half of your compatriots cannot read at all, be it English or any other language…..

      But that situation is even worse in India. Most Indians can’t read or write either.

      • randomly directed says:

        That’s an odd response. I don’t know what relevance a comparison with India has to the literacy rate of Pakistan.

  21. CopraCandy says:

    +++That’s an odd response.+++

    We’re an odd people. LOL

    You won’t get it. It’s an inside joke.

  22. Anonymous says:

    It appears some commentators may be confusing Pakistan for Palestine… There are some significant differences! Haha I do hope I am wrong!

  23. CopraCandy says:

    The point is, for historical reasons, the literacy rate is low in this whole region. I think Sri Lanka is the one with the best literacy rate?

    It is what it is.

    Even then we can get away with billboards like the one above.

    Imagine if we had 100% literacy, you would see billboards I would have trouble swallowing. LOL

    But rest assured, even if someone here can’t read, you should assume they would understand anything spoken in English.

    This is a common mistake I’ve seen Americans here make… they talk loud, thinking they have privacy.

    It can be very funny sometimes.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Many Pakistanis are much happier speaking English than Urdu as Urdu only really came to Pakistan post-Partition.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I have lived in Pakistan for 5 years and this is not abnormal, neither is people going out to parties and drinking and smoking and taking drugs and having sex before marriage and knocking about the streets in the middle of the night or two guys living together or two girls living together as sexual partners or skinny dipping in lakes and playing polo and scuba diving and hand gliding and car racing etc etc etc………….It’s not that different from anywhere else in the world and yes, like the rest of the world, there are the multitude of other social problems that we all have to deal with etc etc etc….don’t think a simple tampon ad is anything unusual…there are girls in skimpy tops in ads, and on tv…..It’s really got a bad wrap everywhere I understands people’s perceptions but they’re mostly wrong…..

  26. Anonymous says:

    Aeroplane? Fly? Condom? Superman? WTF?

  27. Anonymous says:

    WAIT A SECOND!
    Poor, repressed Pakistan can put feminine hygiene products onto billboards but the f!!!!ing USA cannot? Cuz I have never seen anything like it here.
    I feel cheated. No, SRSLY, I do.

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