Iran this week celebrated its National Women’s and Mothers’ Day and Ayatollah Khamenei held forth on his demented view of the ideal Islamic women. Khamenei denounced the very concept of women’s rights and gender equality as a Western plot against all women.
Khamenei accused Israel and the West for advancing notions of equality , which promotes earthly pleasures and the exploration of women. It appears that equality is all a “Zionist conspiracy.” Of course, such views would normally be viewed as perfectly insane but this is the religious head of Iran.
Khamenei warned that “These aberrant and neglectful people humiliate the role of a housewife while a housewife is actually in charge of raising and educating the most valuable product, which is a human being . . . unfortunately, sometimes inside the country and in some Islamic environments, tasks and expectations are ascribed to women that in fact collapse and humiliate their roles.”
The good news is that apparently all feminists now deeply regret their efforts to achieve equality: “Today, Western scholars and those who pursue issues like gender equality all regret their actions for the corruption they caused.”
Happy Women’s Day.
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And the Zionists themselves are shape-shifting lizard people. So there.
Of course, gender equality is a “Zionist Conspiracy.” Everything is a Zionist Conspiracy. The Zionists control everything that we see, hear, feel, and experience. We, in fact, do not actually exist in reality but are merely digital creations of the all-seeing, all-knowing Zionists. We are given the illusion of “life,” “free will,” and “death,” but we are merely following (and under the control of) highly complex algorithms created by the Zionists. The Zionists have even created anti-Zionism and anti-Zionists as both a comic statement and as a devious subterfuge to conceal the fact that Zionists control everything. I just thought I’d clear this issue up as a public service.
Thanks, Ralph. That about sums up the reasoning.
Glad you finally saw the light! I knew at some point you could not overlook the evidence any longer.
I too was a Zionist creation until I woke up, I now have high hopes for you.
Hope everyone listens to Ralph, he is indeed a man of truth!
Po – irony is lost on you. 🙁
Hereby, Paul, proving that sarcasm is lost on you! :))))))
Po – true, true. Sometimes I am a literalist when I shouldn’t. 🙂
Deray McKesson acts as a conduit for the degenerates who promote abortion in state legislatures. You tell us that why?
Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.
When one gender is given absolute power over the other, you cannot assume that 50% of the population will be a benevolent dictator to the other half, only keeping their best interests at heart. That is too much to expect of such a cross section of an entire country.
Do not give absolute power over yourself to either the government, or the other gender. That power will be abused. Children have an intrinsic desire for autonomy when they reach adulthood. They instinctively are designed to leave the control and authority of their parents and become independent, for the survival of the species. This is necessary, because children are supposed to outlive their parents. When you treat women like children, then they will instinctively rebel, in ways varying from subtle manipulation and deviousness to outright rebellion.
It seems somewhat reductionist to quote Lord Acton when referring to family relations.
I suspect a historical anthropology of occidental society would reveal that until fairly recently, stem families were the order of the day. Even now, people are less mobile than commonly realized. I had some Census Bureau data for a research project some years ago which revealed that 65% of the population live in the state where they are born (and, if I’m not mistaken, a majority lives within 100 miles of their birthplace). As recently as the 1940s, one of my grandfathers was living in the town of 5,000 where he’d grown up (and where is parents resided, along with aunts and uncles) and another had his octogenarian parents in residence.
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Po has already dismissed your question as ‘anecdotal’.
Right click on the image, and then when the menu comes up, select “Copy Image Location” to copy, then paste it here. If you do it right, the link will end in “jpg” or maybe “png.”
Hope that helps.
Squeeky, I am so very glad you are here 🙂
Just spitballin’ here, but if women are paid less than men, why don’t businesses only hire women? Wouldn’t that help the bottom line?
Po – seek and you shall find. 🙂
I have several friends here in the United States that are originally from Iran. Of course their customs are very different from our own but from my limited experience they place great value on education and the children have much more freedom and siblings are treated more equally. Perhaps the best of both?
Allison – when I was in college in the mid-60s, one of my classmates was an Iranian prince. His mother bought him the post of Minster of Agriculture, so he was taking all these ag courses while he was hanging out in the drama department, where he really wanted to be. He was the first person I knew that owned people. Po is the second. Of course, all that went with the revolution.
It is absolutely impossible that you know any traditional Persians where male and female siblings are treated equally, and the children have more freedom than Western children. It is possible that male siblings may be treated equally, but not male and female siblings. They do, however, place great emphasis on both education and financial success. There is a race for status among Persian Americans.
KarenS, Yup, remember that amazing film “House of Sand and Fog” – where the patriarch had to maintain a false sense of status which wound up so tragic for all involved.
Allison, I would recommend “The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life” by Jasmin Darznik. No, the children do not have more freedom – in particular the girls. To be sure Darnik tried to help her daughter excel in the U.S., but it came at a price.
“We were a world of two, my mother and I, until I started turning into an American girl. That’s when she began telling me about The Good Daughter. It became a taunt, a warning, an omen.Then she began telling me about The Good Daughter. It became a taunt, a warning, an omen.
Jasmin Darznik came to America from Iran when she was only three years old, and she grew up knowing very little about her family’s history. When she was in her early twenties, on a day shortly following her father’s death, Jasmin was helping her mother move; a photograph fell from a stack of old letters. The girl pictured was her mother. She was wearing a wedding veil, and at her side stood a man whom Jasmin had never seen before.
At first, Jasmin’s mother, Lili, refused to speak about the photograph, and Jasmin returned to her own home frustrated and confused. But a few months later, she received from her mother the first of ten cassette tapes that would bring to light the wrenching hidden story of her family’s true origins in Iran: Lili’s marriage at thirteen, her troubled history of abuse and neglect, and a daughter she was forced to abandon in order to escape that life. The final tape revealed that Jasmin’s sister, Sara – The Good Daughter – was still living in Iran.
In this sweeping, poignant, and beautifully written memoir, Jasmin weaves the stories of three generations of Iranian women into a unique tale of one family’s struggle for freedom and understanding. The result is an enchanting and unforgettable story of secrets, betrayal, and the unbreakable mother-daughter bond.”
Your larger pint you pulled out of your ass, Po. I’m relying on two things: actual statistics on the domestic labor market and the logic of human behavior in given situations.
Yet, DSS, you provided neither??
Speaking of pulling out of one’s ass…:)
No, I didn’t provide you with BEA and BLS and NCES statistics, nor a bibliography of econometric studies of labor markets. If you’re associated with an institution which subscribes to EconLit, you can build your own bibliography.
An inspection of descriptive statistics from the BLS will give you a clue. Men form the majority of employed persons. Men form the majority in every age group bar those under 20, where girls have the slimmest advantage. The number of employed men exceeds the sum of (1) employed women and (2) women with pre-school children. Men form a comfortable majority of those in management and of those in demanding professional occupations. Among the wage earning population, they form a huge majority of those in the trades, where the proportion of women sinks to low single digits.
Women actually have more formal schooling. Then you look at the distribution of degrees, and you see why that does not matter. Those subjects where the share of degrees granted exceeds women’s share of the labor market include the visual and performing arts, the humanities, miscellaneous social research disciplines, psychology, biology, and a string of familiar occupations (schoolteaching, social work, &c). The disparity in college enrollment is largely explained by women enrolling to acquire a generic labor market signal, something less valuable in the labor market as men experience it (which is much more weighted toward trades). With regard to the professions, women have reached parity with medical and law degrees, but both occupations have a high burnout rate among women who enter them, which is why 65% of the lawyers and 62% the physicians in the United States are men.
You’ve got the idea in your confused head that men are systematically weighing you down. The problem is, really, that men and women have a different balance of objects they harbor in facing working life, and it shows in their career paths. Nobody did that to you. That’s just life.
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