Iran Daily: Supreme Leader — West’s Treatment of Women is “Zionist Plot”

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In a lengthy statement about women’s rights and responsibilities, Iran’s Supreme Leader has explained that the West’s approach is a “Zionist plot”, compared to his value for women as homemakers.

Ayatollah Khamenei offered his thoughts on Sunday on the anniversary of the birth of Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet Mohammad.

Khamenei held up Fatimah as a “perfect role model for Muslim women”, as a “mother, wife & housewife”. He continued, “Men and women are no different in some aspects like spiritual ascension, leadership power, or ability to guide humanity, but they are different in aspects like ‘duties in handling life’.”

Despite the Supreme Leader’s proclamation of women’s spiritual and leadership abilities, there are none among Iran’s clergy or judiciary, few in the executive branch, and only a small — but growing — number of MPs.

Khamenei maintained on Sunday that this equality of position would be destructive: “Western thinkers and those who pursue issues such as gender equality regret the corruption which it has brought about.”

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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  1. “Men and women are no different in some aspects like spiritual ascension, leadership power, or ability to guide humanity, but they are different in aspects like ‘duties in handling life’.” So why are women banned from being mullahs then? And why is a married man allowed to “temporary marry” a 19 year old for a week have sex with her, shout “I divorce you” three times and dump her in the street and do the same every week leaving his wife as untouched as a Jane Austin Novel in the high school library yet women can be stoned to death if they tried that?

    Of course this is not to say Iranian women have no power, they have the power to cause giant earthquakes if they don’t dress like nuns if http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1267262/Iranian-cleric-Women-wear-revealing-clothing-cause-earthquakes.html

    ‘Many women who do not dress modestly… lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes.’-Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedigh

    This raises so many questions of this man’s great discovery, there is no need to cite any sources, or facts or reason, we’ll just mindlessly believe you because you said so. But it dose make me wonder. Does this mean if the she-dinosaurs had dressed modestly, rather than running around naked, would they not of been killed by a meteor?

    However isn’t it odd in Swaziland every year topless virgins dance before the King and if he likes the look of any of them can pick her to be his wife (he’s already got 15), and yet there are no earthquakes in Swaziland.

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