Essay on American & Iranian Cultural Differences

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American & Iranian Cultural Differences
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ANT 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
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Introductory Why do some cultures treat women with the up most respect and others as if they were lower than life itself? Growing up in earlier years the only examples we as American’s had was just by what we were told. In today’s world we are able to communicate better and see more of how the cultures are in other countries. In America all are treated with equal rights, but in Iran there are those with privileges and those with none. Women are treated as slaves and they are dispensable. The Iranians have total disrespect for women.

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There will be a female president in the future of the American people and upon this occurring the American Culture will most likely make a drastic change again both for men and women. Unlike Iran where women have none of the rights and respect that is demanded by American Women! For 1,400 years men and women lived in separate spaces, females were not openly present in public places. Iranian Women were required to cover their faces when in public and were not allowed to show any parts of their bodies. Most rapes committed were known to the victims and it is assumed that any female who went out with unrelated men were ‘asking for it’. A majority of rapes are not reported due to the Iranian Culture and that most women would be punished and not the perpetrator. Even their family members will punish and possibly kill them to keep the honor of the family.
In 60’s & 70’s the beginning of normal relationships between the sexes for the modern classes. Arranged marriages, polygamy and concubinage were frowned upon by the modern classes. Women attained respectability by marrying prominent men and others such as, Forough Foruzan an actress that portrayed sexuality like never seen before and Googoosh, the legendary singer/actor who became an icon both remained single, independent and masters of their own destinies. Googoosh pioneered ‘culture of having fun’ unlike the culture of mourning and black

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