A Form of Patriarchy: Critical Discourse Analysis of Pakistani Politicians’ Comments


Shehryar Saleem , Mubashir Ahmad, Wasiq Sultan


Political discourse in Pakistan often conceals deeply entrenched patriarchal attitudes, which influence societal norms and power dynamics. This study uses Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to explore how famous Pakistani politicians utilize language to expose underlying gender stereotypes and perpetuate traditional gender norms. The research carefully examines four remarks made by political figures, including Moonis Elahi and Khwaja Asif, that overtly promote gender stereotypes and represent patriarchal views. These utterances, chosen for their resonance in Pakistani political discourse, are subjected to rigorous language analysis to identify latent biases and socio-cultural consequences. By contextualizing these statements within the broader socio-political landscape, the research underscores the urgent need to confront and challenge these entrenched biases. The findings highlight the ubiquitous presence of patriarchal vocabulary and its detrimental effects on political communication, contributing to the marginalization of women and perpetuation of gender inequalities. Furthermore, the study makes specific recommendations for promoting more inclusive and egalitarian political discourse, such as sensitization and training efforts, educational reforms, media accountability, and future research opportunities. Ultimately, this study serves as a call to action to dismantle patriarchal language in Pakistani politics and move toward a more equal and respectful political climate.


How to Cite
Shehryar Saleem , Mubashir Ahmad, Wasiq Sultan. (2024). A Form of Patriarchy: Critical Discourse Analysis of Pakistani Politicians’ Comments. Harf-O-Sukhan, 8(2), 895-901. Retrieved from https://harf-o-sukhan.com/index.php/Harf-o-sukhan/article/view/1433