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Who Is A 'Decent Woman' On Iranian State TV?


"A decent female anchor never reveals her first name."

"A decent female anchor never reveals her first name."

Blogger "Kindkill3r" writes about how women are portrayed on Iranian state television, which is controlled by the hard-liners.

Women's rights activists have long criticized state television for giving an unrealistic and cliched image of Iranian women and promoting a traditional role for women.

They say women on Iran's state television programs are often portrayed as mothers or wives, they're often seen at home doing housework, and they're not fighting for their rights.

The blogger has provided some examples of "a decent woman," as seen on state television:

A woman who chews gum is either a trafficker or a prostitute.

A decent woman always wears a men's shirt at home.

A decent woman is a woman who in the morning comes out of another room (not the same room as her husband) and says good morning to her husband.

A decent woman is a woman who wears clothing that is three, four sizes too big.

A decent female anchor never reveals her first name.

A decent woman only smiles at wedding parties and men are allowed to clap their hands a little.

A decent married woman stays at home; if she's single she's allowed to work.

A decent woman is a woman who will marry the man she met in a car accident by the end of the television serial.

A decent woman doesn't wear sunglasses, she has an Arabic name, if she's over 40 she's either washing the dishes or sewing a dress, a decent woman is never reading.

A decent woman wears only black, gray, and brown.

A decent woman is a woman who forgives her husband who has married a second wife by the end of the film.


-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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Persian Letters is a blog that offers a window into Iranian politics and society. Written primarily by Golnaz Esfandiari, Persian Letters brings you under-reported stories, insight and analysis, as well as guest Iranian bloggers -- from clerics, anarchists, feminists, Basij members, to bus drivers.

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