Iran Sexual Harassment
In an Islamic chauvinistic society, bigotry, especially bias and bluster are believed to be the essence of manhood and virility; things to be proud of.
Our men are so eager to see respect for their daughter, sister, mother or wife that with the pretext “dignity and modesty”, they want to hide their own women folks under hijab and the shroud of ignorance and contempt. Thus, they keeping them at home and away using religious lame excuses from the impure/Namahram .
All this mascaraed stands for a misogynistic fantasy to control women. The she-rebel is هرزه a bitch.
However, in public places, the very same bigots would not refrain from indecent, silly, and unscrupulous behaviour towards women unknown to them. They would touch themselves with lust, and stare at passing women with dirty thoughts for a start. By grossly mistaking impudent and insolence with wittiness and manhood, they hide their fears of sexual failure.
The roots of men’s bigotry toward women are also to be found in their inner fear and loathing that their daughter, sister, mother or their spouse can be subject to the same harassments they practice themselves, and know too well about them.
A she-traveller to Iran said: ‘Iran wins the prize for high frequency harassment’.
Perhaps, Iran shares the podium with Egypt, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia … and far too many other countries, proud of enforcing hijab.
Sexual harassment is one aspect of a larger picture of social paucity, brushed under hijab, chastity, and “modesty”.
It is practised by men from all walks of life: from those with PhD to the mullah and illiterate errand-boy. Only the form changes.