Monday, January 24, 2011

Divorce in Iran

This is an interesting video clip about divorce and women in Iran.  According to this video, the courts assume that women want to stay with their husbands.  Among other things, I wonder, what if a woman does want to get a divorce?  Does she have the same legal rights as a man or is it simply harder? 
The part where she is told to make herself "attractive" made me particularly sad.  I hate the way society enforces such a narrow view of physical appearance for women, and I would really hate being told to make myself attractive to get back my ex-husband.  And then later on in the video they make a woman remove her makeup before going in.  So, they want women to be "attractive" but then they do not want them to express themselves however they want? 
Actually, this scene, where women check other women and enforce a dress code, reminds me very much of a section of The Handmaid's Tale, where women are the enforcers of oppression for women.  Atwood's commentary there was that some women have to be taken in by the forces of oppression to make that oppression legitimate, and this strikes me as the same thing.  "See?" Someone could say.  "Other women don't have a problem with it." 
Despite being a religious person, I love that there is separation of church and state in the U.S., exactly because of this kind of enforcing religious behavior on people. 

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