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Gender Apartheid in Iran

A visual reminder that, while the United Nations Human Rights Council has finally gotten around to condemning former member state Libya, there was also a time when Iran sat on the UN Commission on the Status of Women. From that lofty perch, the Islamic Republic was entitled to — and did — rail against Israel’s behavior in the West Bank, because that’s the pressing women’s-rights issue in the Middle East.

I’m not sure if any part of this video includes the pregnant woman they stoned to death, but please observe an EXTREMELY STRONG CONTENT WARNING for graphic images.

I would have liked to have seen a little more about temporary marriages, which are institutionalized clearinghouses for prepubescent rape and sexual slavery, but that’s not strictly an apartheid issue as much as it is something that’s just deeply evil. Add to that 62,000 legal citations to improperly veiled women and restrictions on women’s cycling and women’s soccer, which do count as apartheid.

In any case, something to remember the next time mindless European multiculturalists not so subtly imply that the status of Iranian women is quite nuanced, actually.



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