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Women's Day Nudity

Balatarin

 

Maryam Namazie appearing semi-nude at the Louvre on International Women’s day has generated strong opinion both for and against the act. Those opposed view it as vulgarity that works against the cause of women’s rights in Muslim societies. Those in favor see it as a brave act that confronts patriarchal attitudes, exposing gender bias even among those with modern liberal views on gender equality. We’ll have to wait and see which view is more on the side of history. Regardless, Namazie‘s display qualifies as a work of art.

 

Here’s why:

1. Her demonstration took place on the grounds of the most visited art museum in the world . An art museum is one of the few places where the nude human body is displayed as a form of  public expression. This shows an awareness--at some level-- that Namazie's intent isn't to offend but to publicize a state of mind. Any shock or offense was perhaps necessary as a tool of artistic rhetoric but it wasn’t Namazie's primary message.
 
2. Her altering the Iranian flag was cleverly symbolic. She cut out the “Allah” symbol and wrapped the flag around her waist in such a way that her vagina would be where the “Allah“ symbol used to be. By itself this isn’t enough to be strong art.  But combined with her suggestion of a visual parallel (see above graphic based on Namazie's idea), it works as a reasonably competent visual arts expression.

Here’s a criticism:


Namazie clutters her clever visual statement by writing on her body.  The Femen group which influences Namazie’s style of protest uses nude body graffiti to good effect, but Namazie’s own visual innovation with the flag goes further if it remains undiluted by the overly urban feel of Femen body graffiti. Also the Farsi writing, "Woman = Man" on Namazie's body is a separate metaphor, a mathematical one, and so her display suffers from a case of mixed metaphors.

 

 

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Editor's note: Additional pictures can be found on Defending Iranian Democracy

Balatarin

Ari Siletz @AriSiletz

Ari Siletz is the author of the Mullah With No Legs and Other Stories. His works have been anthologized in several collections. His latest short story appears in Tremors: New Fiction By Iranian American Writers (University of Arkansas Press 2013).

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AriSiletz

Ari Siletz Ari Siletz is the author of the Mullah With No Legs and Other Stories. His works have been anthologized in several collections. His latest short story appears in Tremors: New Fiction By Iranian American Writers (University of Arkansas Press 2013).

Yes very difficult to call, Niloufar. Safe to predict that the reaction from most Iranian women will be negative. With art, however, the conscious reaction isn't necessarily the right place to look for impact or influence in the mind of the viewer. The protesters' nudity hugely amplifies their message of anger. Symbolically, they're saying they've reached a threshold of anger and frustration where they don't care what others think of them or what happens to them. This attitude may resonate with some women in Iran-even become contagious--quite separately from their disapproval of vulgar tactics.

NiloufarParsi

Niloufar Parsi

very difficult one to call. the use of the flag was too much though. how would most women in Iran react to this?

Zendanian

Zendanian An injury to one is an injury to all.

يكي مي مرد ز درد بينوايي ، يكي ميگفت خانم زردك ميخواهي ؟
Most Iranian women are too busy trying to feed their families or themselves and have no time for such stupidities disguised as "radical activism!"
And even if they had time for activism they have too much integrity, and pride to expose their privates in public like this.
These sensationalist acts are done by the same group that has directly and indirectly supported war and sanctions against Iran, has zero connection with working people in Iran or in countries where they live. With such bankrupt politics it should be no surprise that they resort to such Monty pythonesque efforts to draw attention to themselves.

G.Rahmanian

G. Rahmanian



Mihaita writes:

"... and with very colourful gay pride parades in every country in the middle east not only Israel."

My response:

If and when you end "chauvinism, hatred and backwardness in the middle east," there won't be any need for "colorful gay pride parades." You see, my dear Mihaita, the "colorful gay pride parades" in any country proves how backward that country is and not vice versa. It shows backwardness of nations whose minority groups find it absolutely necessary to have demonstrations in order to prove they actually exist and/or demand equal rights as those enjoyed by the rest of the citizens.

Your assumption that gay parades in the Western democracies are indicative of the level of progress in those democracies is I'm afraid to say shared by hundreds of millions of individuals who have misunderstood the true meaning of democracy. I do pity any nation whose tiniest minorities have to fight for their rights.

farhangpooya

farhangpooya In all situations, in or outside power, social problems require social solutions (در همه شرايط، در حاكميت و يا خارج از حاكميت، مشكلات اجتماعى راه حل هاى اجتماعى طلب مى كنند)

اين شرت نمازى هم پيراهن عثمان شد
اينگونه كه اين خانم پيش همه عريان شد
ايراد نگيرم من، گر شرت كشد بر سر
ايراد من اين باشد، كاين پرچم ايران شد
Link
http://iranian.com/posts/view/post/29639

dohelzen

dohelzen منم آن مست دهلزن که شدم مست به میدان دهل خویش چو پرچم به سر نیزه ببستم

چه زود فراموش کردی ... ای روشن بین ... و ميدانم تو هیچ روزي باز نخواهي برگشت


G.Rahmanian

G. Rahmanian


Anglophile wrote:

"I strongly object to the suggestion that Namazie was semi-nude. I mean she displayed two out of the three vital parts of her body, that makes her 2/3 nude."

Dear Anglophile:

Having given more weight to Lady Namazie's posterior than it actually deserves, Ari has left me with no other choice, but to blow the whistle on him. He is not from Lorestan. He is in fact from Ghazvin.
Source: Wikileaks' unpublished files!

P.Galenous

P_J. An Iranian!

FUNNY!! G.R.

Freedom

Mihaita For a dictatorship free planet, free press, free speech and no censorship, Liberal Democracy only!

We need way more courageous moslem women, bravo for your courageous stand. Lets end with this chauvinism, hatred and backwardness in the middle east, looking forward to a democratic middle east with full civil rights and lgbt rights and with very colourful gay pride parades in every country in the middle east not only Israel.

Anglo_Phile

Anglo Phile

GR Jaan

You made me laugh like never before!

Great finding - LOL

farhangpooya

farhangpooya In all situations, in or outside power, social problems require social solutions (در همه شرايط، در حاكميت و يا خارج از حاكميت، مشكلات اجتماعى راه حل هاى اجتماعى طلب مى كنند)

در باره اين حركت مريم نازى
بنظر من با اندك تاملى به مجموعه عملكردهاى مريم نمازى بوضوح مى توان او را در كنار راست افراطى در دنياى سرمايه دارى قرار داد. بنظر من او بر خلاف مجاهدين كه بوضوح خود را در كنار راست افراطى قرار داده، نمازى و همفكران حزبى او بطور غير مستقيم به سربازان "انقلابى و كمونيست!" بوش تبديل شده اند.
نمازى و همفكران او كار خود را با ايجاد انجمن مسلمانان سابق آغاز كرد. اين جريان پيوسته
خود را در كنار راست افراطى عليه شهروندان مسلمان كشورهاى اروپا و آمريكاى شمالى قرار داد.
چندى بيش اتحاديه دانشجويان london School of Economic(LSE) يكى از مهمترين مراكز علوم اجتماعى انگستان و يا شايد دنيا قطعنامه اى بسيار معقول عليه مسلمان ستيزى تصويب كرده است. اين قطعنامه تسريح ميكند كه اتحاديه دانشجويان با كليه مذاهب بر خورد يكسان دارد و مسلمان ستيزى را شديداً محكوم ميكند. از ديد اين قطعنامه هر شهروندى كه از هويت اسلامى برخوردار باشد مورد تهديد و تبعيض قرار ميگيرد.از ديد اين قطعنامه يك راست افراطى به اسم و ظاهر خانم مريم نمازى و يا مثلاً على محمدى حساسيت نشان ميدهد. بنابراين قطعنامه اتحاديه دانشجويان با افراط گرايان يهودى، مسيحى، اسلامى ، بودايى و يا هر مذهب ديگر برخورد يكسان دارد اما مسلمان ستيزى و اقدامات تحريك مطبوعات و راديو تلويزيون و پايگاه هاى اينترنتى وابسته به هيئت حاكمه را عليه شهروندان مسلمان در بريتانيا شديداًً محكوم ميكند و خواهان توقف اينگونه تبليغات مسموم عليه شهروندان مسلمان بريتانيا مى شود. اما مريم نمازى كه به خاطر اسم، ظاهر و مليت اصلى خود ميتواند قربانى اين فاجعه باشد به جاى حمايت از اين قطعنامه به مقابله با ان بر ميخيزد، اين قطعنامه را محكوم مى كند و در راستاى خواست هاى جريانات راست افراطىى با طرح قطعنامه ديگرى به مقابله با ان بر ميخيزد.
بى جهت نيست كه ميدياى دست راستى از او بشدت استقبال مى كند و جارو جنجال هاى آور در بوق و كرناكردن مى كند.
به همين دليل من در اينباره با يك شعر طنز اين حركت اين جريان جنجال آفرين را به تمسخر گرفتم. اين حركت در جريان هاى كمونيستى و سوسياليستى كاملاً بى سابقه است. در بخشى از شعر من آمده:
هر انچه تو خواهى بكن با بدن
وليكن نگو از رهايى زن
...
نرو در يولو، ال إس اى و سوئز
نباشد يولو جاى كرم و مرض
همه اهل علم و همه اهل فن
بدانند اين كار باشد لجن
كه اين كار تو هست بهر دلار
براى يورو، درهم بى شمار
تو با بوش و ساركوزى بى حيا
شدى دمخور و گشته اى هم صدا
كه سرباز جنگ صليبى شدى
توصل به مردم فريبى شدى
...
بپاكرده اى جار و جنجال و شر
بنام زنان و حقوق بشر
برو تو ز ازادى زن نگو
به اين شيوه بد توصل مجو
كجا پنك هرست و زنان دگر
بدن لخت كردند از پا به سر
تو با اين پيام و تو با اين ردا
برى ابروى زنى چون ندا
زنانى كه در بند زندان دين
اسيرند و سر ميدهند در اوين
تو با جار و جنجال هاى چنان
لجن مال كردى حقوق زنان
كه با اين عملكرد و اين ماجرا
بدادى بهانه به اخوندها
تو دانى كه اخوند غوغا كند
كه اين كار در بوق كرنا كند
و دانى كه ان جامعه سنتى است
كه روشنگرى كار پر زحمتى است
تو از دست اخوند شر بد نگو
بگرديده اى عامل دست او
در اين ره نهادى قدم با هدف
زن هرزه پيش تو دارد شرف
برو اى زنك گور خود كن تو گم
بود جاى تو پيش اخوند قم

Anglo_Phile

Anglo Phile

چرا اینگونه تازی بر نمازی

که او را هست بس مبرم نیازی

نموده عورت خودرا را نمایان

سخن گوید به تو با رمز و رازی

که من تنبان ندارم یاریم کن

شنیدم بند تنبان خوب می‌سازی

بیا پویا به جای این‌همه مهمل نویسی

بزن سازی و بر خوآن از دل آوازی

وگرنه این نمازی ول کنت نیست

مگر از شعرهایت بند تنبانی بسازی

farhangpooya

farhangpooya In all situations, in or outside power, social problems require social solutions (در همه شرايط، در حاكميت و يا خارج از حاكميت، مشكلات اجتماعى راه حل هاى اجتماعى طلب مى كنند)

بنددتنبانم طناب دار شد
برسر شیخ و شه بیمارشد
این جواب من به این انگل بود
بین چگونه او ذلیل و خوار شد

JahanshahRashidian3

Jahanshah Rashidian

Honest people in their right mind see in this action merely a Nude Protest against the misogynistic Islamic regime, whereas the people tied to the regime’s front or being patriarchal/ traditionalist / conservative... see preferably nudism.

Anglo_Phile

Anglo Phile

And we have a third category Monsieur Rashidian: les voyeurs!

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