A 'Decent Woman' Through The Lens Of Iran's State TV
"A decent female anchor never reveals her first name."
kindkill3r contemplates the way women are portrayed on
Iranian state television under hard-liner control. Women's rights activists have
long criticized state television for presenting an unrealistic and clichéd image
of Iranian women and promoting a strictly traditional role for women. Women on
Iran's state programs are often highly pious, humble, they don't smoke, they
never laugh out loud, they fully observe the obligatory hijab dress code, they
don't wear make up or tight or revealing dresses, and they are obedient and
quick to listen to their husbands.
Kindkill3r provides some examples of "a decent woman" as seen on the state
A woman who chews gum is either a trafficker or a
A decent woman always wears a men's shirt at home.
A decent woman is a woman who in the morning emerges from another room (not
the same room as her husband) and bids her husband good morning.
A decent woman is a woman who wears clothing that is three or four sizes
bigger than her actual size.
A decent female anchor never reveals her first name.
A decent woman only smiles at wedding parties; men are allowed to clap their
hands a little.
A decent married woman stays at home; if she's single, she's allowed to
A decent woman is a woman who will marry the man she met in a car accident
by the end of the soap opera.
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
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.
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