Iran unveils new car for women

As soon as I saw the headline, I have to admit I was thinking "huh?" and "what!" I'm not too keen on products geared towards women because usually these products rely heavily on stereotypes. Unfortunately, this new feminine car does just that.It's suppose to come out in a range of "feminine colors" and "interior designs" because we are just so keen on how our car looks. I guess those guys in my neighborhood who spend thousands of dollars on rims and getting their car waxed didn't get the memo … [Read more...]

The Stoning of Soraya M.

This was written by Pedestrian and originally appeared at her blog.When you come from a broken home, it’s tough to talk about your past – or present.How much do you let out? How much does the world need to know?I couldn’t help ponder the issue over and over as I was watching clips from The Stoning of Soraya M. on YouTube.At surface level, it sounds simple. Before we solve age old questions about the questions of religion and state, velayat-e faghih, the right of inheritance, etc, etc, w … [Read more...]

Lipstick Jihad

This was written by Sakina and originally published at Ruined by Reading.I recently finished Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni, which is a memoir of an Iranian girl who grew up in California and has moved to Tehran as a BBC correspondent in an effort to find a place where she belongs. She spent her entire adolescence feeling out of place, believing that if she were to just reconnect with her “Iranianness”, she would find a home and she would be complete. Unfortunately, once she gets to Teh … [Read more...]