Beyond the Veil
?Beyond the Veil?
As a result of the Islamic Revolution that took place seventeen years ago, a series of forces were unleashed which have transformed and reshaped the face of Iranian soci-ety in every aspect imaginable. These changes have rocked not only the political and economic spheres of Iran, but even more fundamentally, culture and society. These changes have negatively affected women?s social, political, and economic status in Iran.
When the new government achieved power, women were once again subjugated and restricted to the confines of their homes. Not only did women have to wear their tent-like veils, the mentality that wives existed only to take care of their children and serve their husbands was encouraged by the government. This is very similar to gender roles. Gender roles are the rights, responsibilities, expectations, and relationships of women and men in a society. In every aspect of their lives, women were discriminated against. Women were seen as sexual objects, obsessed with luring men to fulfill their own sexual desires. The veil became a good way to cover up these ?sexual? beings, so that men could be protected from falling prey to temptation.
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