ELDER: Silence of “feminists” and “progressives” on Iran


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Where are American feminists and “progressives” when we need them? You know, men versus women, pro-abortion guys who say things like reversing Roe v. Wade represent “men who want to tell women what to do with their bodies”?

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Last month, on September 16, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman living in Iran, died in a hospital three days after being arrested in Tehran by state morality police known as the “Guidance Patrols”. His offence? She showed too much hair under her hijab or headscarf.

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The New York Times said: “The police did not provide an explanation as to why Ms Amini was detained other than that it involved the hijab rule. Her mother said in an interview with Iranian media that her daughter followed the rules and wore a long, loose dress. She said Ms Amini was arrested as she stepped out of the metro with her brother and her arguments that they were visitors to the city were ignored.

According to the BBC: “Eyewitnesses said Mahsa Amini was beaten while inside a police van when she was arrested in Tehran on Tuesday. Police denied the allegations, saying Amini had “suddenly suffered from a heart problem”. “However, at least one Iranian judicial official, according to state media, said the woman suffered “multiple fractures … to the pelvis, head, upper and lower limbs. , arms and legs, which indicate that the person was thrown from a height.

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In protest, Iranian women are cutting their hair, some are taking to social media and burning their hijabs. Two weeks ago, CNN reported: “Protests have swept through more than 40 Iranian cities, including the capital Tehran. Iranian security forces cracked down on protesters, with hundreds arrested and at least 41 killed, according to state media. Some human rights organizations say the death toll stands at 76.” Regarding Iran, Human Rights Watch states: “Since March 21, 2022, the start of the Iranian New Year, the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) documented 306 executions, including 130 on drug-related charges and 151 on drug-related grounds. on the Islamic principle of qisas, or punishments of “retribution in kind”. Between May 21 and June 21 alone, the group documented 99 executions.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., tweeted, “Solidarity with the brave women and allies in Iran protesting for their freedom. Mahsa Amini was murdered for no reason by the same patriarchal and autocratic forces that suppress women around the world. The right to choose belongs to all of us, from hijab to reproductive care.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., released a statement, “Those responsible for her death should be held accountable and the world should stand together in the fight against controlling what women wear and how they wear.” present in society. Banning the hijab is not much different from forcing it on women. Religious beliefs are personal and should never be imposed on anyone. (May God have mercy on his soul).

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Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., who once said of President Donald Trump, “We’re going to impeach this mother,” and after Roe v. Wade, tweeted: “Reproductive rights are human rights that remain under threat. across the country,” he quietly tweeted, “I stand in solidarity with protests in Iran as they fight for women’s right to bodily autonomy and against police brutality in the wake of the horrific murder of Mahsa Amini.

As for the rest of The Squad, silence.

No call from American feminists and progressives for the collapse of Iran’s totalitarian government. No wholesale condemnation of this police state’s mandate that women wear the hijab and risk imprisonment for not doing so or for not wearing it “correctly”. No way the Biden administration, at the very least, is publicly supporting Iranian protesters showing the same kind of courage as Ukrainians after the Russian invasion.

Talk about men telling women what to do with their bodies. All the elements to make it an Iranian moment of George Floyd are present. But The Squad’s relative silence has been deafening.

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