” he said, feigning spite, and then in a high-pitched voice said, “I love you. You’re the only man for me.” The other man laughed and nodded. In the capital city, in Tehran, it’s like drugs and orgies,” one of the men explained. “Yes well, if everyone drinks so much so much and there’s a lot of drugs…” He explained that since Tehran is so close to Afghanistan, which produces a huge amount of drugs, “Iran is the gateway of drugs to the West.
Our series Love in Far Off Lands tracks her journey, highlighting the best of her encounters. Persian women are depicted as unceasingly under the power of male authority.Because this narrative leaves out the dramatic roles played by female leaders, as well as the fact that women were perceived to be equal to men centuries ago, in ancient Persia, many assume that prior to the Pahlavi monarchy women were confined solely to the domestic sphere.But when I first began to conduct my research on the history of the women’s movement in Iran, I learned that a majority of traditional, religious women, and even some educated women who had benefitted from changes under the Shah, supported Ayatollah Khomeini and were a contributing factor in the 1979 collapse of the Pahlavi monarchy.As I discovered in the course of my research, the list of popular misconceptions about the country’s women is a long one: Misconception 1: Before the Pahlavi monarchy, Persian women were always suppressed by the religious and political establishment.The problem with popular narratives of historical events is that despite their superficial half-truths, the real story is usually much more nuanced, and less tidy.