One lesson of @Nero’s aborted attack on Ghostbusters (see NYT), is of pre-existing violence being enabled by technology. The positive side of this is that it can be transcended with groups.
“Aunty Pakistan” @AuntyPakistan was an anonymous twitter handle that went viral overnight. It challenged stereotypes, had a narrative against violence. The next day it had thousands of followers, made it to the news, was endorsed by movie stars in Pakistan and India.
It started with a Bollywood flame war. This tweet went viral:
The next day, Aunty Pakistan had 3000 followers.
No one knows who this is. But they have taken on the problems caused by other women:
…and sexist abuse:
Aunty Pakistan borrowed her avatar from Shahan Zaidi’s novel Bloody Nasreen. Bloody Nasreen is a street fighter from Karachi. She smokes cigarettes, kills, and does not wear a scarf. “How can she keep a dupatta in place when she’s running or jumping off high buildings?” asks Zaidi who says he wanted the character to be realistic. “I wanted my heroine to portray a regular girl-next-door from Karachi, someone every Pakistani girl could relate to.” Nasreen is described as “a contemporary bandit-queen, who fights against injustice and evil”, like human trafficking and corruption. She was inspired by previous fighting superheroines like the Burka Avenger and Shekhar Kapur‘s Bandit Queen.