Women in Iran - Vol. 2

Women in Iran - Vol. 2

Women in Iran - Vol. 2

Women in Iran - Vol. 2

Synopsis

Blends social scientific theories about feminism, social movements, and culture with the specifics of the Iranian situation.

Excerpt

He said: "My wife must be honorable and modest (najib) and I
have heard a great deal about you in this regard. Of course, coming
from a respectable family is also an important condition, which you
do. She must also be family-oriented, interested in family life …" "And
more nonsense of this sort." I interrupted him: "What you say is too
basic, too general. This is not an interview. Go to the heart of the
matter." "You're an educated woman, and that's very important for
me. Of course, in our possible future life—pardon me for saying "pos
sible"—management will definitely be implemented-though not too
strictly—but input will also be solicited." I thought: "Great! The mister
will allow me to say 'yes' or 'no'!"

A young medical doctor relayed to me this conversation with a young, devout man. Her supervisor told her that his friend was interested in her, but too shy to speak with her face-to-face. She knew her answer even before talking to the man. The whole idea of someone seeing her from afar and deciding that she was "wifely material" repulsed her. Besides, he was a hizbullah, too distant from her beliefs and lifestyle. "He is one of those men who have no respect for a woman. He sees her not as a human being, but as a weak creature, good for nothing except providing sex, breeding, cooking, and suffering—the kind of man who as soon as he comes into some wealth, marries a second wife. I was disgusted." But the exchange is quite telling about gender relations in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI).

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