Iran’s Escalating Assault on Women

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While America’s college feminists lament the bitter struggles they face in getting someone to pay for their birth control, an all-too real war on college women is being waged as Iranian women are banned by the Islamist regime from study at Iran’s colleges and universities.

Among the nearly 80 fields of study apparently deemed inappropriate by the Iranian government for feminine academic pursuit include nuclear physics, engineering, computer science, chemistry business management, education and English.

While one of the purported reasons cited by Iranian authorities for the decision was a lack of employer demand for women graduates, evidenced by an unemployment rate for women under 30 at 28 percent, Iranian Science Minister Kamran Daneshjoo claimed the main factor to be a need to find a greater “balance” in gender enrollment.

Specifically, Iran has the highest ratio of female to male undergraduates in the world, with women representing 65 percent of Iranian undergraduates and about 70 percent of its science graduates, academic success which has led to an increased willingness of families to seek higher education for their daughters.

Now, however, in the eyes of Iran’s theocratic regime the gender collegiate imbalance has grown far too lopsided and dangerous, especially among Iranian mullahs who have become openly distressed about the rising social effects of higher educational achievement for women.

While those concerns include declining birth and marriage rates, the far more problematic issue is the danger liberated and educated women pose to Iran’s Islamic and highly misogynistic regime, one with a long and brutal track record of oppression and subjugation of women.

In fact, a 2006 United Nations report found that “violence against women in the Islamic Republic of Iran is ingrained,” violence and hatred which finds its expression in a number of distressingly harsh ways.

For example, Iranian girls can be legally forced to marry at the age of 13, with efforts currently underway to lower that threshold to nine; women without the right to divorce their husbands; polygamy which is legal and encouraged by the government; a penal code punishment of stoning for women who commit adultery; and enforced Islamic dress codes, violations which are punished by jail and lashings.

Yet, for many Iranian men, loathing of women can also include a correspondingly equal fear, one evidenced in one of Ayatollah Khomeini’s last sermons, which dealt with the “three threats” confronting Islam: America, Jews, and women.

One of those feminine menaces apparently includes a woman’s ability to generate catastrophic geological events through inappropriate attire, as determined by one Iranian cleric, Hojjat ol-eslam Kazem Sediqi, who said a 2003 earthquake that killed 30,000 was because “Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes.”

That view was echoed by leaders in the Iranian government, such as Sadeg Mahsooli, Iran’s then-Minister of Welfare and Social Security, who chimed in: “We cannot invent a system that prevents earthquakes, but God has created this system and that is to avoid sins, to pray, to seek forgiveness, pay alms and self-sacrifice.”

So, given all that, it’s not surprising then that the Islamist regime is now clamping down on the collegiate opportunities being afforded Iranian women, especially since political dissent in Iran since its 1979 revolution has been mostly generated in universities, thus making them incubators of subversion, with feminist student groups regarded as the most mutinous.

In fact, Iranian Noble Laureate Shirin Ebadi maintains the new educational restrictions on women are designed specifically to undermine Iran’s feminist movement, a movement which has been gaining strength since the first election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the Iranian presidency in 2005.

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  • Bamaguje

    Iran's tyrannical Islamist establishment feels particularly threatened by the resounding success of Iranian women in university education – outperforming Muslim men – because such success by intelligent women directly contradicts and flies in the face of Islam.

    “Men are in charge of women, because Allah has made one superior over the other…” – Q 4:34

    This Islamic male supremacy explains why in Sharia courts a woman's evidence is worth only half that of a man (Quran 2:228). Furthermore, in the Hadith, Mohammed is quoted as saying women are "deficient in intelligence", which is why most of them are destined for hellfire:

    "I (Mohammed) have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hellfire are women…as they are ungrateful to their husbands and they are deficient in intelligence" – Sahih Bukhari 2:18:161; 7:62:125, 1:6:301.

  • Chezwick

    So where are the Western feminists in academe who might be exposing this blatant discrimination against women? Oh, right….they're busy traveling to Darul Islam, donning the Niqab, and then announcing to the world how "liberating" it feels. Of course, they get to come home, return to normal attire,…and go on to pursue happiness (career goals, personal and sexual satisfaction, etc), while the Muslim sisters they left behind remain trapped in the stultifying, misogynist prison of Islam.

    No sir, Western feminists are not the least bit interested in helping to liberate Muslim women from the shackles of Islam. They long ago abandoned ALL women (witness Nicole Brown Simpson) and instead, concentrated their efforts and resources fighting against "institutionalized racism", "American imperialism", and other leftist tropes.

    So it is, the fight to defend women worldwide has fallen on us conservatives. We accept the task proudly and enthusiastically.

  • guest

    Enlightened cultures see women as equals. This is clearly not one.

  • Joe Ordinary

    Let's just say that Mohamad and Jesus had different approaches to women.

  • Ghostwriter

    Somehow,I'm not surprised that Iran is doing this. Not in the slightest.

  • johnnywoods

    If it were not so serious it would be laughable at how the Iranian culture has "raised the status of women" through adherance to Islamic faith. What a buch of ignorant beasts.

  • Brian C

    I like how you forgot to mention the reason Iran has the highest % of female college grads in the world, is because so many young men are getting killed. The level of misandry in this article and lack of empathy for those young men is extremely sad.

    But, hey women aren't allowed to entry some careers, will only get 55-60% of college degrees and have to cover themselves up when they go in public. So forget those young 18-22 year old men being force to fight and die. Obviously, the problem is men here and not corrupt leaders.

    Shaking my head. This is what feminism looks like. Iran's assault on women… apparently women getting college degrees is more important then young men's lives.