Gardan Shekasteh

by Atefeh
23-Mar-2011, on March 23rd posted a painting of a women on its first page. This is supposed to be a piece of art announcing Now Rooz. Every time I see such paintings , I cannot help but recalling the word " gardan shekasteh", an expression used to refer to someone miserable and innocent in Persian/Farsi.

Rendering women passive and docile by any mean possible is nothing new. Patriarchal systems have done this to no end. Beautifying docile women has preference over portraying women embracing their imperfection of any sort.

In 21st century, we are still looking back, reproducing Qajar art, painting women with connected eyebrows, covered hair in their “latchak” and tilting their head to one side. As if nothing has changed in the past hundred years. We still hang them on our wall and present them to our offspring as “authentic” Persian art! No wonder this cliché, depicting the fantasies of mostly men painters continues form one generation to the next. The question is: doesthis depiction reflect our vision for women’s social place and role at the present time? If so, then please do not utter any word about women rights or women movement!


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Disclaimer: I have no contribution of my own regarding the pieces presented, thank God by a woman, on the front page of this website, which by the way nowhere it says they are art pieces, although to me they are, expect to say your blog has several spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors, and even though you did your best to be politically correct (i.e. appeasing to everyone and everything), there are things in there that I am sure would be considered politically incorrect, such Now Rooz. But, who am I to criticize!

P.S. Please try to do your best not to engage me in your comments. I am a male chauvinist rat, and as such I move in, move out.

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Good point, Atefeh

by Azadeh Azad on

Qajar art authentically depicts the 19th century male chauvinist view of women. While two centuries later, the male view of women has not much changed  (notwithstanding many men's opportunistic talk of the "Women's Rights" as a tool for fighting againt the Islamic Republic), I believe the reason for reproducing this kind of art among women, is their unconscious heedlessness of its role in reproducing and strengthening gender stereotypes.