This blog was originally posted in the form of a comment at the following blog: Chauvinists vs. Shadi Sadr: invitation to write - At the request of the blogger, I am re-posting it in the form of a blog :)
For anyone who has spent any significant time in Iran recently, there is indeed quite a visible Truth evident everywhere, and that's the women in Iran do not share in any remote sense of equality the freedoms and rights that men enjoy - Not even close :) - !
For those of us who grew up in Iran under the Shah, and as an Iranian man, I can say categorically, unequivocally, and without any reservation, that although women's standing in society was never equal to men, nevertheless, their rights in general, and their quotient of happiness and well-being in particular, were significantly higher under the Shah than under this brutal regime!
An enlightened society should strive to provide its women with more and more rights and freedoms - The evolutionary process over the past several millenia, fueled primarily by a superior physical strength, has evolved the man into essentially the role of the protector of, and the provider for, a woman and her offsprings!
However, the progress that has taken place in the past one hundred years or so, has allowed women in general, and those living in the Western world in particular, to have a more significant control over their economic circumstances - This will indeed lead to more and more freedoms and independence in other areas of their lives also!
Simply put, the true masculinity of men in a society is revealed when they allow for, and encourage, their women to reach their full potential, whatever that may be - It's indeed a sign of inner weakness, and sheer insecurity, when that is taken away from the women, and replaced by oppression and subjugation of all kind!
Pure And Simple :) - !
R D - An Iranian Man
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