|March 11, 2012|
In 2009, Iran held presidential elections and there was a large opposition that supported Mir Hossein Mousavi. It seemed that Mousavi, a supporter of women's rights and interested in opening up dialogue with the US, might win. He did not and this defeat lead to wide spread protests, lead and propelled by women. Not everyone in Iran wants the "west" to be killed. I grabbed the image for today's paper doll out of Jezebel's coverage of the protests and a print out of the image hangs above my desk at work.
This image always runs through my head when the Republican Presidential candidates vow that they will go in harshly to Iran and teach them a lesson. (To be fair, it runs through my head when even a country is wholesale demonized by either the left or the right. A country is not the leader who clashes with political opponents, but also the people who have no voice and are forced to go along.) I wonder who will have to deal with the aftermath, but only for a moment. The women who protested to change will be left with the heartache, the clean up and the trauma. This is not to say that men do not feel these thing as well. But women do not have equality and yes, the oppressed feel havoc and chaos and war more keenly then those with power.