The evolution of gender discourse in modern Iran

The evolution of gender discourse in modern Iran

Hide

Abstract

Historically, Iranian women have endeavoured to access public spaces in society in various ways. During the Pahlavi era, women practically participated in national debates on gender and family protection law reform. At the time, a number of factors – from the unveiling decree to women’s increasing presence in public spaces to the encouragement and promotion of norm-based socialization – caused disruption in all-male spaces of society. Although modernity and social changes between 1900 and 1979 led to the establishment of heterosexuality as the fundamental norm of society, the Islamic Republic has always sought to rebuild a gender-apartheid society. The regime has always been involved in shaping the discourses of sexuality and gender through the imposition of the hijab, the reversal of reforms related to the family protection law, and the endorsement of polygamy and temporary marriage. Whereas the Islamic Revolution transformed women’s status in society four decades ago, today Iranian women are revolutionizing with a determined and calm desire for sexual and physical independence. In today’s Iran, mothers and daughters from different socio-economic backgrounds are fighting together for equality and freedom of choice.

Cite this article:

Yaghoobi Claudia. 2022. “The Evolution of Gender Discourse in Modern Iran”. Freedom of Thought Journal, no. 11 (April):77-90. https://doi.org/10.53895/KJOP7041.

Profiles

کلودیا یعقوبی
Claudia Yaghoobi
Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Comparative Literature

Our Suggestion

Shahram Kiani
FTJ Issue No.11
A Historical Study of the Iranian Queer Non-movement
Nadereh Chamlou
FTJ Issue No.11
COVID-19 Depressed Women’s Employment Everywhere, and More So in Iran
Ali Reza Manafzadeh
FTJ Issue No.11
Jamshid Behnam: Narrator of Loneliness, Violence, and Crises
Sayeh Azarpanah & Maedeh Maktoum
FTJ Issue No.11
The Problematic Confrontation of "Us" with the Other: One Dream and Multiple Interpretations
Mohsen Mottaghi
FTJ Issue No.11
The Fourteenth SH Century and the Challenges of Muslim Intellectuals

Do Not Miss

News

From The Freedom of Thought Association
News
Call for Papers - "Woman, Life, Freedom" - FTJ - Issue No.13
Spring 2022
Freedom of Thought Journal
Freedom of Thought Journal 12

Events