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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


March 7, 2000


In reference to "She changed overnight.", I would once again like to say a few things not only to the writer but all those Iranian men seeking a bride from home. I would like to discuss what's it like to be a woman in our Islamic regime, even with the birth of reformist groups. Bsides the marriage failures of imported brides, Iranian women produced largely by the Islamic regime have real social problems. Most of us dismiss the real issue, which lies within our torn down society of women in Iran. Their perseverance in pursuit of freedom and equality has blinded us from discussing the damage that Islamic tyranny has imposed upon these impoverished human beings.

Having lived in Iran during the revolution and war, I have an intense understanding of what's like to be a woman in an Islamic Iran even with President Khatami's pseudo reform. Women's situation during the past two decades has created one of the saddest outgrowths of our history. An outgrowth, which is propagated by years of physical and psychological restrains, a social deformity. These women are not crazy or incompetent, but depraved and often humiliated, salacious and physiologically battered. This disease goes beneath our routes and foundations.

Forcing to cover up her hair from the age of six, a progressively growing age, naturally creates a route to depressing self-esteem not to mention denying her most basic instincts as a human being. To some it may not be a big issue, but to me it's a BIG problem to exploit children. Image the enforcement of those kinds of deprivations against 40+ million women for decades! For adults it's even harder to put up with hijab fascism, day in and day out. It takes away one's sense of pride and dignity. It is emotionally humiliating and depressing. I know it; I once lived through it.

It's tragic enough to be young, energetic, enthusiastic, bright and intelligent individual in Iran; just image being all that and a woman. Imagine your day to day life of restrictions, a constant reminder of being a second rate citizen in your own home. It's no wonder how Iranian girls are dying to get out of the country at any price. Marrying a strange man half way a cross the world is a ticket for FREEDOM! It's not necessarily about marriage; it's about recovering from a lifetime of destitute and faded dreams. It's about gaining their basic rights as human beings first, not as married wives. It's about redemption!

Having said all that, I don't see the reformist groups discussing the issues of social restrictions on women. I can see the complications with recovering nation's economy, creating jobs, bringing in foreign investors, recovering environmental problems, recovering health and medical services, building more businesses and schools. But how difficult is it to allow personal choice when it comes to to the hijab? How difficult is it to respect women's image? In the future, I hope to see a picture of a woman in Iran without being tied up holding the chador, but holding the symbolic torch of freedom.

Saghi Zarinkalk


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