My Iranian of the year
April 5, 2005
Like many of you, I'm sucker for a good story and I love individuals who defy
logic and conventional wisdom to get their point across. The world has gone
so conservative, religious and politically correct that you hardly ever meet
interesting people anymore; people who have the ability to entertain by insulting
everything that is sacred to us. While the media is consumed by Christian zealots
and Moslem fundamentalists, people who live alternative lives are completely
Speaking of interesting people, I came across an
article in London's The Independent about an Iranian activist
transsexual -- Fereydoon -- who is on a mission to expose the unfair
treatment and hardship of transsexuals in Iran. I had no idea this
was such a big issue!
It turns out that Fereydoon -- an ultra religious
disco king who in the 1970s roamed the streets of Tehran in a velvet
suit with red flames to only became a super deluxe revolutionary
later in life -- had been tracking the religious leaders, including
the Ayatollah himself, for blessing on his sex change operation.
Fereydoon was so assertive in his pursue of perfection
that he somehow convinced the Islamic government not only to allow
him to become a woman but to pay for his sex change operation!
"Ferey" tells the writer of The Independent, "When
the war started, I did voluntary nursing work near the front line
... Some of the chemically wounded patients had sores that needed
to be dressed near their groins, and sometimes they implied they
had sexual feelings for me."
Wait up! First of all, if I was
a "chemically wounded" soldier in the frontline with
sores around my groins, "sexual feelings" would've been
the last thing on my mind unless of course Fereydoon looked like
Britney Spears (do you really look like Britney Spears?). As a
matter of fact the only thing on my mind would have been more like, "Oh,
shit, where's my penis?"
Secondly, I would not have allowed a male nurse
go anywhere near any groin area. That area is reserved for those
who do not have groins of their own. It is the most sacred area
of a man's body. It shall not be touched, penetrated, or infiltrated
by anyone except those who are certified by qualified doctors as "female" immediately
Ferey also tells a story about his encounter with
Ayatollah Khomeini who after a 30-minute meeting granted him the
right to become a she-male!
I don't know about you, but Ayatollah Khomeini never
did strike me as someone with a sense of humor. I would pay
serious money to find out what actually went on in that meeting,
and maybe some day we will . But the fact that Ferey was able to
arrange a meeting with the top dog, state his case to have his
equipment chopped off and convince the Ayatollah to bless the operation
is one hell of an achievement in my book.
Don't get me wrong. Britney Spears look-a-like or
not, Ferey better not get fresh with my groin area. But I have
to admire the huge balls on a man who wants to be a woman in a
country where women are treated as second class citizens with fewer
rights. In fact any transsexual who has the Islamic Republic of
Iran wrapped around her groin area has got to be my Iranian of
Siamack Baniameri is the author of The
Iranican Dream, (Virtualbookworm.com Publishing, December
2004). Also see Iranican-Dream.com.