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Restaurant  in Islamabad lambasted on social media over sexist ads

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‘Table No 5’, a restaurant in the federal capital has been bashed at its weird advertisement objectifying woman to sell sandwich.

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Although weird and women objectifying ads are quite common everywhere in the world, such explicit offering in a sort of conservative country Pakistan is what makes critics to fire at the restaurant.

“If she won’t make you a sandwich, we will” and “I don’t hate women, they just refuse to make me a sandwich,” are couple of lines used by the restaurant to provoke ‘hunger’ in customers especially men.

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The restaurant even drew a chart to equalizing woman and sandwich when it offers: “Choose happiness, choose a sandwich’.

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“What Table No 5 thinks is a quick and smart strategy to get attention by gas lighting women and feminists is deeply problematic… humour at the expense of an identity that is historically subjugated, is not houmour – it is another form of oppression,” commented by Girls at Dhabas’ a site which now exists on Facebook, Bumblr, Twitter and Instagram seeking to create public space for women.

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On the other hand, the restaurant seems to have taken all the reproach as its stride:

“A lot of people have been calling us misogynists over the past few days. I guess we started off on the wrong foot. We don’t have anything against the ladies; in fact we’re grateful to them. It’s because they stopped making sandwiches that we got the opportunity to open up a sandwich joint in town. So, thanks ladies!” Reacted the restaurant on a Facebook post.

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