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Girl Talk: My OBGYN Visit In Iran

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As I am getting ready to leave for the doctor’s office, Auntie Shadi gives me a warning: “Now don’t expect to be seen exactly on time. This is not America.”

“Oh. Ok,” I say, instead of admitting that we don’t necessarily get seen exactly on time for our doctor’s appointment either. During this one-month stay in Iran I have learned to choose my battles with misconceptions. I only correct the important ones, like the one where they assume that anyone who lives in America has lots of money without working.

Since I had left a lucrative career as an oral surgeon to become a writer, money was tight and most of my activities were on hold. When dad invited me to Iran on an all-expense-paid trip, I gladly accepted. As most everything is cheaper in Iran, I decided to get some of my annual medical exams out of the way, too. My father takes a particular pleasure in going to the doctor. It’s his fear of hospitals that makes him so diligent in preventative care to the point that when he runs out of things to do, he just pops in for some blood work. So, hearing about my interest in seeing a doctor (any doctor, really) was good news. He secretly wanted to show off the excellence in Iran’s medical care.

A routine check up at the OB/GYN could not be that complicated, I reasoned. Besides, nowhere in the United States does a specialist visit cost $16. Keep reading »

Chicago Public Schools Pull Graphic Novel Persepolis

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Update, 5:15p.m.: Chicago Public Schools have rescinded the order to yank Persepolis from the shelves. This is great news! [Chicago Tribune]

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, is one of the best series of graphic novels that I have ever read. I recommend it to everyone. And I read a lot of graphic novels. The memoirs recount Satrapi’s childhood in Iran following the Islamic Revolution and the increasing strictures on the life of an artsy young woman who is increasingly at odds with the fundamentalist Muslim religious police.

It’s touching, inspiring, and educational — and I’m far from the first person to point out that graphic novels are a great way to get young adults who don’t love to read to engage with literature.

So why, then, have the books been pulled out of Chicago Public Schools? Keep reading »

Iran Considers Requiring Single Women To Get Permission From Father Before Traveling Abroad

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  • Iran will consider a parliamentary bill that will require single women to receive permission from a guardian, usually their father or brother, to travel abroad. Married women in Iran will continue to need their husband’s permission to travel. Paternalism, much? [Guardian UK]
  • A seven-year-old girl in Goa, India, was raped in her school’s bathroom on Monday. [BBC]
  • Read a great quote from the late Aaron Swartz, a tech activist and founder who committed suicide this weekend age 26, about sexism in technology. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses

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This coming academic year, 36 universities in Iran have announced that 77 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences courses will now be “single gender” and therefore only available to men. With women outnumbering men by three to two in passing this year’s university entrance exam, The Daily Beast theorizes Iranian leaders are becoming “concerned about the social side-effects of rising educational standards among women” — as in, women are becoming too educated at the (scare quotes!) “expense” of men.

This is scary stuff. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Iranian Woman Might Be Hanged Instead Of Stoned To Death

  • Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, may be hanged instead. She was allegedly complicit with her lover in murdering her husband, although her supporters say she was forced to confess under duress. Ashtiani, a mother of two, has been imprisoned since 2006 and her impending death sentence attracted international outcries accusing Iran of human rights abuse. The prison where Ashtiani is held claims the stoning may not be carried out because it lacks the necessary facilities. [Guardian UK]
  • Slate.com’s review of “The Iron Lady” is rather scathing. My review is heaping cupfuls less vitrolic. [Slate.com]
  • Two black women were found dead in Detroit, just one week after two other black women were killed. All the women have been linked to escort services on Backpage.com. For some reason, cops are not yet attributing the murders to a serial killer. [Madame Noire
  • The New Yorker profiled Carrie Brownstein of the show “Portlandia” and formerly of the band Sleater-Kinney. [The New Yorker] Keep reading »

Bravo Announces “Shahs Of Sunset,” The Persian “Jersey Shore”

The “Jersey Shore” knockoffs are here! “The Shahs Of Sunset,” a new reality show about Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles, will be developed by Bravo and Ryan Seacrest’s production company, they jointly announced Wednesday. L.A. has the largest Persian community outside of Iran and their per capita income is 50 percent higher than the national average, according to the blog ColorLines. “The Persian-American community in Los Angeles is a perfect fit for Bravo’s next great docu-series. The group of friends featured in our show are colorful, affluent, and fun,” Bravo’s Andy Cohen said in a statement. Keep reading »

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