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Letters and a reply regarding "Nice ladies, amigo?":

Massud Alemi: Price to be paid
Ali A. Parsa: Free expression
Sima Fard: Most cultures do it
Mortazavi: So low
Mehdi: So what?
Ali Akbar Mahdi: Alarmed
REPLY, Jahanshah Javid: Distasteful, but valuable
Ali Akbar Mahdi: More sleaze than reflective


Price to be paid

What is Mr. Mahdi really saying? That by admitting the existence of three unfortunate Iranian prostitutes in Mexico, we're showing that all Iranians are prostitutes? Then what are we promoting by forbidding the publication of such descriptions? That there are NO Iranian prostitutes anywhere in the world? That our race is incapable of producing prostitutes? That Obeyd-e Zakani and Sa'di and many other poets were all liars? That Iraj Mirza and Parvin-e Etessami were spreaders of untruths? Are we not making an ignorant bunch out of ourselves, then?

To me, writing about and publishing the ugly truths about ourselves is a sign of maturity. Let the stone-throwers fling their stones and hurt us. There's a price to be paid for attaining high culture, and someone's got to foot the bill.

Massud Alemi


Free expression

In reference to what should and should not be covered by The Iranian It is sad that some of us just don't get it. If The Iranian censured every letter in its own liking, it would not be a medium of free expression and not so many of us would read it.

To me, the most important service of The Iranian is that it is a medium of freedom of expression that is a unique privilege of living in America. As we know this privilege is in process of erosion all over the world including America, because it is taken for granted, not used or abused. As I have indicated in this space before, not only the founders of America but our own centuries-old culture and our true intellectuals and mentors have always recommended tolerance and respect for each other's point of view. This is because we can learn the most by being open, by reading, and debating the opposite issues.

Modern science, genetics engineering and mapping of our genes have further supported the the marvels of creation and the validity of the above teachings the basis of which is individual differences. In fact, observation of spectrum of ideas should not bother us but should be a source of pleasure, and even worship and recognition of a higher power. The botom line is that, now more than ever, we know that although we all share many common traits, we differ in interpretation of the same things and each of us can support the others in our own unique way. Preservaion of the Family of Man, freedom and democracy, depends more than anything on education, dialogue, sharing, caring and appreciation of views in contrast.

Ali A. Parsa



I am alarmed by the disparity between your "feature" pieces. One high and one like this ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]

What can I say? I am not a moralist nor do I oppose freedom of expression. However, I wonder why such a piece should be included in The Iranian? What are the informative, investigative, or literary aspects of this piece qualifying it for publication? How can one generalize about a community by visiting one brothel and talking to three girls?

No serious editor will find this kind of individual observation worthy of publication. Please do not allow The Iranian to be brought to the level of pieces like this.

Ali Akbar Mahdi
Associate professor of sociology
Ohio Wesleyan University


Distasteful, but valuable

I do understand your concern. This piece ["Nice ladies, amigo?"] does not meet high journalistic standards. But I think it is still interesting as a personal account of an aspect of Iranian life in America which is never officially talked about. Several of my friends have told me about how often Iranians go to the brothels in Tijuana and I have always wondered what goes on there and why. I think this is a social phenomenon that should be noticed.

Of course I would have preferred an article by a professional journalist or a scholar. But I think personal stories can be valuable -- even if they are unprofessional, distasteful or about controversial subjects. Maybe such crude stories will open some eyes and pave the way toward more serious discussions and studies.

And another important point, I think, is that Internet-based publications such as cannot be compared to traditional magazines and newspapers. The Internet is more personal and interactive, and therefore it is not as polished and heavily edited as the print media. That's why I prefer the Internet. It is more real, and being real is not always pretty or tasteful.

Jahanshah Javid


More sleaze than reflective

In reply to J. Javid note:

I understand the nature of Internet and the approach you are taking in The Iranian. You have never seen me objecting to all those controversial subjects and diverse pieces you publish. It is fine and they have been a good source of intellectual soul searching among young Iranians on the net. As you know, I have often said in my lectures that if one is to get a glimpse of the Iranian second generation, s/he should look into your magazine regularly.

But my worries about this piece ["Nice ladies, amigo?"] has two aspects, one the piece itself and one its place in The Iranian. As for the piece, I agree with you that it is personal. However, it claims to be reportive but fails to meet the criteria. It is more sleaze than reflective. It is more sloppy than investigative.

As for your Features section, you have pieces from Majid Tehranian, Guive Mirfendereski, Jeremome Clinton, or Yahya Kamalipour, then this one ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]. Not that all the pieces should be from academics or even have academic rigor. Not at all. I am not against the kind of issues raised here either.

See, I was in Tijuana about eight weeks earlier than the time this gentleman was there. My sons, my wife, and I went to places no tourist goes. We took the most back roads that one can find. We SAW and learned A LOT about that country. But, can I really write about my touristic, two days observations with the kind of certainty this gentleman has? I dare not.

I know I am a sociologist and will be in deep trouble if I go about generalizing my off time observations like this. I do not expect everyone to be a sociologist either.

I agree with you very much that the issue is worthy of attention and someone should look into it. In that case, you may want to ask a journalist (or someone with an interest in investigative reporting) in that area to do a bit of homework on this issue and write a report. It does not have to be scientific and with the highest level of methodological standards.

Ali Akbar Mahdi
Associate professor of sociology
Ohio Wesleyan University


So low

I am very disappointed in the feature article concerning prostitution ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]. When I was in Iran I received more respect from men than I am receiving from your publication. I am sorry to see you sink so low.

Please remove my address from you list.



So what?

I am so disappointed to read your piece on prostitution, it has nothing to offer ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]. it has no valuable information or entertaining content!

Why do you publish this kind of stuff as your main feature? Why don't you concentrate on more important issues? A couple of guys go to a Mexican brothel -- so what? If you want to publish something about this subject at least find the right material.



Most cultures do it

This is in response to the letter wirtten by a Mr. Kamran Behzadian ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]. It was interesting that you reported on your curious adventure to Tijuana.

What I found not so interesting was how you misrepresented the title of your report as if the members of the brothel were indeed Iranians. As it turned out it was the Iranian men who most often visited this brothel.

Not that I find anything wrong with this behavior, but your report sounds like we should be ashamed of participating in conduct that takes place in most cultures.

It is the first time that I have visited this site. Could not help but notice how fascinated you are with hookers and pimps. Maybe we could diversify on the subjects a little or we may end up with more brothels down in Mexico catering to Iranians.

Sima Fard
An Iranian woman


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