Whoever has read the short story "License" by Saa'dat Hassan Manto, will surely get my gist.
It was a tale where the beautiful widow of a man finds herself possessing nothing but her husbands cart and horse when he dies, and decides to hire drivers for it since its her only mean of feeding herself.
All drivers sexually harasses her, refuse to give her the money, offer her nights with them.
In a furious rage against the polluted shithole that society is, she decides to get her own license and drive her own cart.
When the people see a beautiful woman driving a cart on the streets of Lahore, there are gasps of disbelief and shock, awe and disgust.
Soon enough, she finds herself happy driving her own cart, earning her own money, except from a few instances of harassment and insult by customers who, of course, were men.
Unfortunately, one day her license is seized by the authorities, and when she asks why, the man at the office says "oh come on, surely there is no way we can allow a respectful woman to ride a cart like that in front of so many men!"
She begs him to return the license, says that she can not hire any driver, says that she will starve because she has no source of income.
The man is iron-willed in his decision.
Lastly, she states that if the society is not giving her the license to respectfully earn her income, it will surely give her the license to earn it in the four walls of her home, will it not?
And when that same night she is smearing red lipstick on her pouty lips, putting on belled anklets on her ankles, she realises that society easily licenses women to sell their bodies.
She is finally licensed.
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