Thursday, May 30, 2013

Iran Candidate Jalili Says Women’s Rights Are as Mothers, and that Women "Have been reduced to being economic tools" in the West

Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili said his nation must defend the rights of women as mothers and resist the approach of Western nations where they are counted as an “economic tool.”

“Women’s core identity lies in motherhood and her role should be defined within that framework, not in an economic context,” Jalili, who’s also Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, told a female audience at a political rally late yesterday.

alili, one of eight candidates cleared by Iran’s top officials for the June 14 presidential election, is considered a possible front-runner. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s completing his second four-year term, isn’t eligible to run.

Western nations are proponents of individuality while in Islam the focus is on the family, Jalili said, according to the state-run Fars news agency.

“The West says society should work to its full potential, and since women constitute half of the population, their work power cannot be ignored and should be included in the economic cycle,” Jalili said.

“Making use of women as an object and lowering her greatness to the level of a workforce and economic tool is very different from how they are viewed in Islam,” Jalili said. “We are backers of women’s rights, especially in comparison to the West.”

Matt's thoughts:

I agree with his statement. I sometimes disagree with how Iran executes that statement.

This is my favourite comment on that article:

"The angry feminist movement has what then....liberated women? From what?  From men? From society?

Who said women want what men want? I do not want to be the same as a man, and I am not aroused by men who are more like women, who expects that to function? Bees are attracted to beautiful fragrant flowers and that is a really good thing. Bees, flowers, and ah yes fruit!

I resent living in a society that lauds itself for liberating me while the reality is that it is impossible to fulfill my natural role as a female. Meanwhile our young men wear their pants down below their butt cheeks completely unaware that this is admittedly prison sign for "sexforsale" therefore it is "the new cleavage"! And as our girls are exhibiting more testosterone related traits. It is unnatural. I liked this article and do identify it's position.

The feminist movement has removed our access to a natural life." 

-- Giney Newport (a woman)

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