“In 1980, after the downfall of the Shah and the establishment of the Islamic Republic, the Islamic regime introduced compulsory veiling, using police and para-military police to enforce the new rule. Despite the popularity of the regime, it faced stiff resistance from women (including some veiled women) on the grounds that such a law compromised the democratic rights of women…The fact is that both rejection of the Shah’s Eurocentric vision and the resistance to the compulsory veil represents women’s actiec struggles against the imposed gender role envisaged for women by the Iranian state.” (Hoodfar,
Muslim women all throughout the world are being discriminated against because of the clothing that they wear. After recent terrorist attacks, the stigma of Muslims being terrorists has become even more apparent. This has led to multiple harassments and hate crimes against Muslim women, primarily in Western countries. The discrimination has become so bad that some are suggesting that women who practice Islam shouldn’t wear hijabs or other veils while in public. It sounds like a great solution, but, in a way, would also violate their rights of religion. There’s also the fact that women in hijabs are viewed as being controlled by men. However, there are many Muslim women who are very independent and are not wearing the veils because a man told them to do so.
The method that Muslim women choose to express themselves has frequently been questioned through many countries, ultimately causing political and social uproars. Many women in the Muslim community who wears a veil, ranging from a burqa to a hijab, have faced many prejudices. Society has taken upon themselves to assume opinions about individuals who is apart of the culture. Though the freedom of choice is encouraged, using that as an excuse to force one's views on others is not ideal. There has been many cases where a women has been asked to remove her veil permanently to attend a certain business or school. By asking someone of this, it is equivalent to asking someone to remove their
In the image, it demonstrates the theme by showing a man who is working and a women cooking, cleaning and caring for the children. Historically, it was the man’s job to work and provide for the family, while it was the woman's job to cook, clean and care for the children. A lot has changed since that was the norm and today it is a lot different, in some cases flip flopped. However, as expressed in the book, it is not that way in Iran. Throughout the book, women are treated as if they are beneath men. On page 6, Marjane is telling the prophets, in a dream, that she is the next prophet and they are scoffing at her because she is a women. Two pages later she tells her class she wants to be a prophet and everyone laughs at her because she is a women (8 Satrapi). Throughout the book women are treated terribly, they are called horrible names. On page 74, she describes something that happened to her mother, she refused to wear the veil and when her car broke down, she was thrown against the wall and treated horribly by two fundamentalist men (Satrapi). Those men were not arrested and women were then forced to wear the veil (74 Satrapi). The graphic images attached to the situation with her mother really show the true nature of gender roles in Iranian culture.
The anticipated law, whose purpose is to ban the use of the burqa and veil, finally took place in France. The ban started within school, and expanded into a restriction within the entire country. France drew international attention, questions, and opinions on the justification of this new law. Even though France’s main response to their justification of the ban is to preserve the French culture, the law also positively addresses other problems such as: religious freedom, public safety, and women’s rights.
Women's rights in the Middle East have always been a controversial issue. Although the rights of women have changed over the years, they have never really been equal to the rights of a man. This poses a threat on Iran because women have very limited options when it comes to labor, marriage and other aspects of their culture. I believe that equal treatment for women and men is a fundamental principal of international human rights standards. Yet, in some places like Iran, discriminatory practices against women are not only prevalent, but in some cases, required by law. In this essay I will explain to you the every day life of an every day Islamic woman living in Iran. You will be astonished by what these women have endured through the
Women’s rights in Iran or the Middle East has always been an arguable issue. Although there rights have been changed throughout the centuries they were never really compared equal to men or noone really accepted them. Specially for women in Iran, they barely had any rights in culture, marriage or other aspects of their lives. In the following essay you will read about the everday lives of Middle Eastern women.
When she sends Marjane away from Iran, she assures her: “I know how I brought you up. Above all, I trust your education” (147). Marjane’s mother doesn’t want her daughter to live in such an oppressive time. When the veils become mandatory, Marjane’s mother wishes to take her to an opposition demonstration: “She should start learning to defend her rights as a woman right now!” (76) In growing up with such strong female role models, Marjane learns to express her opinion and always stand by her beliefs. They taught her to stand up for herself as a woman, and in doing so, introduced her to a feminist perspective on life.
To many Westerners, the overall plight of females in Iran appears tenuous. It is illegal for females above the age of 9 to appear in public with out their heads veiled and bodies entirely covered. Women cannot serve in certain occupations, such as the military. It is difficult for a married woman to divorce her spouse, yet for men the right to divorce is unquestioned and done with ease. Married women in Iran who wish to leave the country for any reason must first obtain the permission of their husbands.
Women didn’t even have the right to stand up and speak for something they believe in without getting severely punished. The very way these Iranian women dressed were a sign of the power that was being held over them. The women are dressed “in according to the law of the land, dressed in black robes and head scarves, covered except the ovals of their faces and their hands” (Nafisi 248). The nation tries to specifically degrade women to prove male dominance in an extreme way. Even though they were allowed an education, “the regime that ruled them had tried to make their personal identities and histories irrelevant. They were never free of the regime’s definition of them as Muslim women”(Nafisi 265). It is a classic example of abuse of power and how men in society use this power to dominate over the ‘lesser’ being.
The Islamic revolution in Iran brought many changes, it affected everyone in one way or another. The women were affected the most by these new radical changes, as the author states “little did I know that I would be soon given the choice of either veiling or being jailed, flogged and perhaps killed if I disobeyed” (Nafisi 152). In earlier years women were free to do as they wished. Reading The Great Gatsby showed them just how much the differences were since In the
Women’s rights in the Middle East have always been a controversial issue. Although the rights of women have changed over the years, they have never really been equal to the rights of a man. This poses a threat on Iran because women have very limited options when it comes to labor, marriage and other aspects of their culture. I believe that equal treatment for women and men is a fundamental principal of international human rights standards. Yet, in some places like Iran, discriminatory practices against women are not only prevalent, but in some cases, required by law. In this essay I will explain to you the every day life of an every day Islamic woman living in Iran. You will be astonished by what these women
A very big part of this book was the veil. Marji begins her story sharing her hatred of the veil and showing a powerful image of her split down the middle with two very different sides (Satrapi 6). On one side she is unveiled with images such as a hammer placed in the background, representing careers and working. On the other side, she is veiled and she is surrounded by conventional Islamic floral patterns. When the veil became mandatory women’s freedom was limited, and this image depicts how with the veil, came many restrictions on women’s lives. A lot of Marji’s beliefs and actions she took over from her parents, and her mother refused to wear the veil. It was saddening for to see her mother upset over getting harassed on the streets, and it made Marji want to be strong. Marji refused to wear the veil, which got her into trouble very often. She was stopped on the streets and called out at school, but it didn’t matter because she was just standing up for what she believed in and being herself. If I was Marji I would have done exactly what she did and stand up for what I believed in. I would not let people take away an opportunity or treat me differently because of my gender. It was right for Marji to always stay true to her beliefs and stand up for herself and her
women that needed to cover up. The women of Iran are dress restricted, well depending what area they happen to be in. Women in Iran are superior to their man, view more as a piece of property that belong to a man for pleasure.
Iranians and people from the east are often look upon as terrorists and extreme fundamentalists. Before reading this book, I even saw Iran and the culture from that viewpoint. I saw the women of Iran as being passively oppressed and as Muslim women who had no voice.