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The myth of patriarchal oppression in Iran


The Myth of Patriarchal Oppression in Iran is an extremely interesting article about so called male privileges in Iran and how women are supposedly being oppressed. I implore you to read it as it will open your eyes to the bullshit.  


First published in A Voice for Men by Ali Mehraspand on November 14th, 2013:


From the second feminists started spawning their “patriarchy” baby, women’s issues in less-developed countries such as middle-eastern ones were presented as proof of “oppression of women as long as human beings have lived.”


Western media and feminists in particular look at a society in a difficult condition and do not see people suffering; they see women suffering.  Western media and in fact eastern media’s handling of the state of affairs is one of adamantly illustrating women as slaves and cunningly displaying men as cruel slave owners. This of course has been only responded to, so far, by some people in these cultures who, in an effort to defend those cultures, usually come up with religious statements explaining the rights of women in Islam and Islamic philosophy, which causes some confusing problems. Among the more evident of the problems lies the question: What if somebody is not religious and does not choose to live with codes of Islamic philosophy? Iran, for instance, seems to have the least religious people among middle-eastern countries.


Rejection of long-ingrained religious doctrines invariably leads to less and less obligation. And for the many who dump religious doctrines, it seems like most are keen to consent to any criticism of the culture – even an unfair one. That is why, for many, the ridding of old cultural norms comes as a package deal with feminism. This is the perfect time for feminism to ride on a mind, repelled of the old restrictions. However something is amiss here. Are those restrictions all on women?


It is fascinating how from a nonreligious viewpoint, the western eyes have only been catching glimpses of some woman in misery while being completely indifferent to the large and ubiquitous pain of men. Feminists are quick to shout “patriarchy!” and others are quick to find faith in it and judge.   Today we pay a little visit to Iran, in hope of finding patriarchy in a highly misandric, feminist-infested culture. This view of Iranian women as oppressed by men, which has been the bread and butter of Western media and feminists, has been served to the public as a patriarchal feast.   Over the past few decades, eyes and ears were bombarded by the media about Iran’s patriarchy and the slavery of women. Unfortunately, that is a joke nobody is laughing at. Each feminist movie was rewarded by Western festivals and film awards up to a level where feminism is now an element of film-making for every director who is desperate for Western attention. Iranians were told billions of times about women’s issues, usually in a lying propagandist manner, and were fed the lies enough times that they actually started believing in them.


So, for any blue-pill readers out there, before your reflexive defensive outburst impairs your judgment and reduces you to a shrill screaming feminist or white knight, crying “women’s issues in Iran!”: let me clarify that I am the last person to discard some issues faced by some women in Iran. I do think some of those issues are legitimate causes about which something must be done. In fact, I wouldn’t discard the notion that any class of people might have some issues.   Having said that, if you bear several paragraphs and put aside the beliefs hammered into your head, you will see how the supposed “Patriarchy” has increased the Quality of Life of women much higher relative to that of most men. In fact, in this part of the world, infantilizing and spoiling women is done to a level possibly unmatched anywhere else. Bear in mind the fact that all the local media, operating under the guidance of their Western counterparts, along with Iranian feminism, are injecting a significant dose of misandry into this society.  


We start by examining the basic rights of men and women in Iran, point out some forms of discrimination against both sexes–and then blow your mind about how the media is misrepresenting this whole matter. Although misandry can be easily spotted under the law, it can in no way express cultural norms and expectations of the gender roles which shoot this country right among the top misandric ones.   Keeping in mind that when moving one step away from the law and into the culture, misandry gets much more evident; this article only gives a fair examination of the laws and leaves the cultural misandry for other writings.   Some forms of discrimination against your average woman in Iran include the following.   In case there is no will documented by a deceased person and no agreement on the part of the deceased’s family members, the sons will receive twice as much inheritance as daughters.Married women need their husband’s signature to get a passport.Women must wear rousari (veil) when appearing in public and no, it is nothing like what they showed you on TV (if this is what you saw):   This is what they actually look like when you walk the streets.


Here are some forms of discrimination against men:   Woman only taxis, jobs (nursing, accountant etc..) and subway stations.



Male circumcision is legal while female circumcision illegal.  


Conscription. All males are mandated to do at least two years of service in the military or armed forces. The conscription is not a draft that one may not attend in case there are enough volunteers. The time to join the forces is as soon as males come of age (18 years old) and is allowed to be postponed to after graduation, if they manage to get accepted in Iran’s university entrance exam system within a 1 year period. Unless their full time in the military is served, no adult male is allowed to leave the country, buy or sell anything in their names, get a license to work, use their university degree, etc. The punishment for not enrolling on time, aside from being reduced to a person with no rights, is that the person is to be taken into the military by force wherever he is spotted, with added service time. The mandate of the service is lifted in case a boy is confirmed to have severe disabilities or he is an only son in a fatherless household where he claims to be the provider.The law forbids women from the service, which is a bit different from what it sounds because it is not necessarily about military training per se. Many of the very important, highly dangerous jobs are done by soldiers. Doing extreme specialized and physical work in 120 Fahrenheit degrees in islands with no supply of fresh water (and void of any women), or in -22 Fahrenheit degrees, is a part of service. This especially poses a big problem on athletes. They have to shun their athletic careers for two years at the peak of fitness in their early twenties. Omid Noruzi for instance, the gold medal winner of the 2012 Olympics, was forced to leave his career and not compete in the 2008 Olympics, despite being qualified as he was the world champion in 2007, in order to join the military – which made him suicidal.


“Free” (paid by men) health insurance for women only. Should a single woman choose not to work, she will be covered under her parent’s medical insurance for life even after the death of her parents. Males are covered only up to the age of 21. Married women are automatically covered under their husband’s medical insurance plan (even after the death of the husband). Husbands, on the other hand, are not covered under the wife’s insurance plan if they find themselves out of job. This of course is in a country where medical costs are so unbelievably high that the government subsidizes insurance for medical care. Should an employed woman with her own insurance get fired or choose to leave her job; she will be covered automatically again under her live/deceased father/husband.


Pensions for women. Should a husband die, his occupational insurance (his highest salary per day multiplied by the years he worked) will be monthly paid to his wife as a salary for life, regardless of her being employed or not. No such law for men. Just FYI: occupational insurance is mandatory for all jobs.


Support for divorced women. Should a woman get divorced, in addition to what she gets out of her husband (called Mehrieh - this will be discussed in more detail in another article), her provider is considered to be her father and in case her father is dead, she will get from the government an equal share of her father’s occupational insurance as her salary for as long as she lives. This way, most divorced women do not have to work.No compensation for surviving husbands. There is insurance for housewives who choose not to work so that after a certain age they will be paid a salary. The husband who pays for the insurance is not compensated in case of the woman’s death, but the woman’s siblings and parents will receive the lion’s share of the money the husband paid for.


When it comes to the poor sectors of the society, any woman who claims not to have a providing father and husband and a state-paying job receives monthly paid wages from an association called Kommiteye Imdad that, aside from women of any age, only registers men who in addition to not having any sort of income are severely disabled or are aged.Inheritance after divorce. If a woman divorces an ill husband who dies as a result of that illness within a year from the date of the divorce, his ex-wife still inherits as if they were never divorced.  


Iran’s other marriage and divorce laws, as well as misandry in education, are left for future articles.   Saddening is the fact that nobody even thinks about these issues – to which must be added some other conditions:   There are currently 1.7 million children laboring (ages 5 to 15), 92% of whom are boys.95% of children living in the streets are boys.[1] (Curiously enough this statistic was very hard to find because almost none of the sources concerning child labor mentioned the disparity between the sexes.) (Interestingly enough you will find that newspaper titles are: 15% of the homeless are women and address concerns regarding that, implying that the goal should be that 100% of the homeless are male. Also, numerous articles, investigations and organizations exist in regards to homeless women.)100% of battlefield deaths have been and will be men.100% of battlefield injuries are men.98.5% of workplace injuries in 2005 were men[3]. (In 2004, 2003 and 2002 respectively 98.5%, 98.7% and 98.7%)60% of rape victims are male[4] (excluding prison rapes).Males also make up 81.7% of suicides.[5] (Interestingly, it is a piece of cake to find many media outlets openly lying that women have higher rates of suicide.)  


This might give you a general idea for starters as to the state of affairs in Iran. But these so far only deal with discrimination under the law and not cultural standards to which men and women are held. The same cultural inclinations that create a society wherein 67% of university students are female, but most will not have jobs. This is not because they are discriminated against, as feminists will tell you, but because the majority won’t even fill out one job application form during a lifetime. University and jobs are hobbies and ego-boosters to many Iranian women.   There is a joke going around the country about how women mostly go to universities to have a diploma in their dowry! Their husbands are held responsible and should they not get married, the father is responsible.  


Before I end, here is a typical effort of media at representing Iran as truly proof of gynocentrism rather than patriarchy[6]. This is actually one of the least misandric pieces I have read which does not explicitly attack men, rather it solely concentrates on women. That is why this article you are reading is not tackling the extreme, but rather the typical world we are living in:   “The comparison between modern British girls and modern Iranian girls living less than 3,000 miles apart could hardly be more stark.   In Britain, a young woman can wear pretty clothes and makeup in public, talk on her mobile, smoke, go for a drink and have a boyfriend. If she gets pregnant, the state will look after her. If she commits a crime, the worst that can happen to her is imprisonment in a humanely run prison.In Iran, she must cover her head at all times and may not wear makeup or do anything to display her femininity in public. She may not drink alcohol or associate with boys and if she gets caught, she will be flogged. If she gets caught having sex or gets pregnant outside marriage, she can be sentenced to death for adultery or moral crimes. If she commits murder or is involved in drug trafficking, she can expect to feel the hangman’s noose, perhaps in public.


It is claimed by feminist and human rights groups that Iran is one big prison for women.”Now let’s comment on this. Starting with the last sentence is nice to get the perspective of why to criticize:It is claimed by feminist and human rights groups that Iran is one big prison for women.”   There goes your typical gynocentrism; one big prison for women, but for men it is nothing but blow jobs every second of every day. That way it is also implied that men are the prison guards. Getting back to the beginning:   The comparison between modern British girls and modern Iranian girls living less than 3,000 miles apart could hardly be more stark. In Britain, a young woman can wear pretty clothes and makeup in public, talk on her mobile, smoke, go for a drink and have a boyfriend.   Except for the drink, a young woman does all of that in Iran.   In Iran, she must cover her head at all times and may not wear makeup or do anything to display her femininity in public.   Actually Iranian women are among the largest consumers of makeup in the world, along with Iran having the highest rate of nose jobs for women in the world, and being among the countries with highest rates of cosmetic surgery fr women. These exceedingly expensive nose jobs and other cosmetic surgeries are – as you guessed it – almost always paid for by men. Even most women in the rather poor sectors of society force their men to pay for cosmetic surgeries usually by exercising guilt trips and shaming. This article provides some insight into this:   Quoting from the article:   “…Iranian obsession with physical. Far from focusing on internal spiritual values, young people – some aged 14 – are having cosmetic surgery in the hope of attaining “doll faces” to make them look like the actors they see in Hollywood films and satellite television programmes from the west.”  


Back to the gyno-minded article:   She may not drink alcohol…   Boys cannot drink alcohol either; it is illegal in Iran for anybody to drink. It is called prohibition, not oppression of women.   … or associate with boys and if she gets caught, she will be flogged.She cannot associate with boys? She will be flogged? Really? Pffffffffftt. Victim mentality and propaganda is one thing but this is a new low, even for feminists.   everybody convinced that there is a heinous patriarchy in Iran ripping women apart? Or worse, why have people believed them? Male-domination, my patriarchal ass – I assure you, articles won’t stop until this whole pathetic charade comes to light.     She cannot associate with boys? Iranian girls don’t have boyfriends? Pffftt and pfffft. Perhaps they also think that Iranian boys all have girlfriends. It must be nice to have no logic and be given a platform to dance on the truth. Their key to success is to conflate religionism with sexism. Much more to be said on this later.     If she gets caught having sex or gets pregnant outside marriage, she can be sentenced to death for adultery or moral crimes.This is an outright lie which is constantly repeated all over the western media; here is the truth:     If a girl has consensual vaginal sex outside marriage in Iran, she can sue the boy and force him to marry her and she will be legally paid Mehrieh, which for now think of it as 150,000 US$. Trust your eyes; you read it right. This will be discussed in another article.


Do not miss the upcoming article about Iran’s marriage and divorce laws and again how the media is presenting it.     If she commits murder or is involved in drug trafficking, she can expect to feel the hangman’s noose, perhaps in public.”The rest of that article is dedicated to the death penalties of women over the past several decades, but wait a second.     Yes, hanging criminals in public does happen in Iran but here are some facts for you:     In 2012, 580 people were sentenced to death – some of whom were hanged in public. 9 were women, 571 were men.[7]     Actually, it is highly unlikely that Iranian judges make this kind of sentence for women. 76% of the aforementioned hanged cases were sentenced due to drug trafficking – only 3 of whom were women. The bias is too obvious to need further explanation.    


Media’s distorted representations can be traced everywhere:     So Hitchens says and I quote: “You insult your sisters in Tehran who are being beaten and raped every day when you say they have rights.” When exposing feminist lies and propaganda you just know that rape would come up. Come to think of it, as rape is considered to be a crime of patriarchy; let us study rape statistics in Iran:     900 cases of rape were handled by the police last year in Iran. 60% of victims of rape were men, 40% were women.[8] This shocking fact hides inside it some cultural difficulties that Iranian men and boys face. Also chances of being raped in Iran is pretty much lower than most countries. Suffice it for now to say that in this supposed patriarchy, the punishment for rape is being hanged in public. Same goes for child molestation and being a gay man. Yes, a gay man, not a lesbian.    


To sum up, the (western) Mainstream Media is a mess of gynocentrism and feminism. Gynocentric in that you might find 100 articles in English about the extremely few female taxi drivers in Iran, but not one article in any language about the 2076 male taxi drivers only in Tehran who are aged 71 to 80 (also 234 male taxi drivers in Tehran who are over 81)[9] who still work to provide for their thirty-some year old single daughters – daughters who are confused whether they have yoga class or English class today, whether they tell their boyfriends to get out of work early so as to give them a ride home, or if they should go shopping after class. Go figure.     [1]     [2]     [3] Mahmood Bakhtiyari, Ali Delpisheh, Sayyed Mohammad Riahi, Arman Latifi, Farid Zayeri, Masoud Salehi, Hamid Soori; “Epidemiology of occupational accidents among Iranian insured workers”; Safety Science 50; 2012     [4]Editorial note: after publication the original reference to this was questioned, so please see, as well as the original reference that follows. –DE Original ref:     [5]     [6]     [7]     [8]     [9]     Read more at    




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Of course you don't care, because if you did, you wouldn't have made a satirical blog about lives of women and their equality in a country that treat women as subservient to men. If you cared, you would have started your article by saying "although, there are laws that protect some of women's interest and their wellbeing which was legislated during the Shah" there still exist atrocities that are committed against Iranian women in Iran. Who are you trying to fool anyway? Most importantly, who pays you? How on earth you didn't use you pen telling the truth about lives of women in Iran? Why didn't you talk about prostitution that is skyrocketing in Iran? Why didn't you use you pen to show how little they are respected in the present government? Why not use your pen saying the women are being used as trap? Last but not least, you have your head between your legs when you talk about laws of equality in Iran, when there are still force marriages, where a 40 year old woman has to have the permission of his father or brother to travel abroad, why didn't you talk about the severity of not having the power to travel unless a male signs off on it (Evin is not the only prison that exist in Iran), why didn't you talk about the fact that 99.9% of Iranian men still think they are a better part of the society due to their upbringing? Like I said before, you are not a thinker but a shallow individual who has no qualms about suffering of women of Iran. To you the money in your pocket has a greater value than the blood of women of Iran!



Saman, I believe you are either write in your sleep or hallucinating!! All the "privileges" you mentioned in your blog was given to women during the King reign, he protected Iranian women from atrocities of mullahs by putting all these laws in ink. He empowered women to be what they can be and not what some old pedophile is telling them. The women of Iran should for ever kiss the earth the Shah and his father, "the true fathers of Iran" walked on, otherwise they would've been wearing burkah and have little or no education if it was up to mullahs in general and the IRI criminals in in particular; the laws in that are being practiced in favor of women in Iran has nothing to do with the current government. If you are not a paid lobbyist for the government of Iran then you are too shallow to grasp the reality for what it is and not for what a group of chador wearing men who have been brain washed by their faith have told you. I truly feel saddened for your daughter, mother, sister and wife if you have any of them to have someone like you to call: brother, father, husband and son. It is devastating to be so blind like you.


Saman Just Iran and politics.

If you want an equal society there should be no law that disadvantages a certain percentage of the population, whether they be men or woman, so if those laws are in favour of woman and are against men they should be banned and vice versa. I dont care whether the shah is responsible for these laws that put pressure on men or the mullahs did it. If theyre not laws fit for equality then should not be forced on people.


Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

آپارتاید جنسی عرصه جدال جنبش آزادی زن
آذر ما جدی

مشکل اصلی زنان در ایران قوانین آپارتاید جنسی است
شهین محمدی

ملاحظاتی درباره آپارتاید جنسی در ایران[١]
اکبر گنجی

آپارتاید جنسی شنیع ترین شکل ستم بر زن!



I am sure author has come from up class family with very strong to religious background,whom are well situated in Iran and he lives most of time in USA ore other free society and has no idea Iranian woman very you age are involve with prostitution and drug trafficking just provide dinner for their children, we should Law .Share h law stinks,this is a problem 35 years ago we have had place for prostitution called sharh nou, all prostitutes were about 100 woman they were living civilized with department health office right there and they were controlled regularly for s t d and other infectious disease . what we have now ? there is every where in Tehran North , South , East West Apartments next to your House ,or your sister house ore Niebuhr are involve with Sex business , this is slavery ,Iranian woman I am talking about%85-%90 who have no husband with good job to pay the bills or has been killed in Iran Iraq war or not married just to pay for parents rental room not Apartment ! yes she has too sex selling! for rent , you are talking about few well wealthy family in this article not Iranian woman in general you should ask grand father what is going on if he is a life I am sure your father dose not want admit that .


Saman Just Iran and politics.

This man lives in Iran. Prostitutes in Iran do these things willingly, and stick to doing these things cause its easy money, for the most part nones forcing them into it.

Nones saying woman have it perfect in Iran but we are just adressing the exaggeration of how people perceive that men live like kings and woman are treated horribly in Iran.


Soodabeh Witzig Born in Iran, live in Canada.

Dear Saman,

I am in agreement with you regarding discrimination against men. It is not possible to exclude more than 50% of a society and expect the other half to have a free ride, at all time. Of course the male must carry a heavier load, in some instances, to make up for the other half's exclusion from certain responsibilities or privileges. I am at the moment writing a research paper on the laws concerning gender apartheid in Iran. The intention is to give a balanced view on both genders in terms of how they are treated in the criminal and civil laws (I know culturally the situation is quite different but my focus is on the Laws and regulations).
I greatly appreciate it if you (or anyone else) could provide me with the legal sources of those discriminations (including the military conscription) with respect to men. I need the name of the laws, and the number of the articles (قانون و ماده) .

Many thanks,



You wrote: "Male circumcision is legal while female circumcision illegal"

Anyone who even COMPARES the two cannot be considered a scholar in the slightest. Just shows how regressive and sexist this author is.

I just found inspiration for my next piece though, so thanks.



If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck then it is a duck. No matter how many sources you may site and how deep you dig into your freshman year logic courses to prove the improvable, the IRI in particular and Islam in general are misogynistic institutions. As long as Sharia Law is the law of the land women, by necessity, are second class citizens.


Saman Just Iran and politics.

Islam disadvantages both men and woman. It makes men disposable while confines woman as chold bearers in the end. Which one is worst though, working like a slave and dying whenever your religion tells you to in some war or having kids?

You have a very typical feminist way of debating as in you refuse to acknowledge facts and proceed to make up your own version of the world.



Unfortunately history is rife with men of your philosophical mindset, be they Jewish, Muslim or Christian, who have tried to act as the pebbles needed to build a dam which could thwart the current of social progress in order to maintain male supremacy over women and to "put them in their place" stroking a chauvinistic male ego. Fortunately, over time, the power of the current has been able to crush these dangerous, but ultimately insignificant pebbles.



I fundamentally disagree with this article. The core of feminism states that women's rights should be regarded as equal to men's. By providing women with more gratuitous assistance (like the life insurance... as stated in the article), you are contributing to society's gender imbalance. For instance, in Saudi Arabia, women may not drive and some men defend it by saying that women are "lucky" in always having chauffeurs and not having the burden of fixing their cars in case it breaks down while driving! This is similar in principle with the views expressed in this article!

It is obvious that since the revolutions, many laws have been set with more "assistance" to women that at the end of the day are detrimental to women's rights in the long run.


Saman Just Iran and politics.

Btw, if feminism is about equality then why only focus on womans issues and why do woman in western countries have more rights than men? I suggest that you search further into this. A quick google search of how many extra rights woman have in america will wake you up.


Saman Just Iran and politics.

None is talking about Saudi arabia, this is Iran were addressing, and in Iran there are as many laws that disadvantage men as there are that disadvantage woman. Usually the laws that put strain on men require more responsibility and sacrifice aswell.


amirparvizforsecularmonarchy I Love Waterfalls and Find One of the most humorous things in the world; is the notion that Americans are a greater force for good & more civilized than Nazi's, Mullahs and Communists.

"Western media and feminists in particular look at a society in a difficult condition and do not see people suffering; they see women suffering."
Western Media and Feminists sold out the women of Iran and were actively engaged in bringing Islamic extremism to power. They are in no position to even pretend to care for women's suffering in Iran which they are responsible for causing and benefiting from.