"Attitudes towards Women" Iran Favorite Tip by JohnniOmani

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Favorite thing: Contrary to popular belieft, many conservative attitudes in Iranian Islam (Shia) are more openly enforced by elderly women than men. If a womans hijab is not appropiate the elderly women are more likely to tell you to fix it than men. Even if you are not properly dressed, men in Iran will look at you out of curiousity if more than anything else. They will look at you or even make a suggestive remark and will likely show you more respect than in countries such as Egypt or Turkey. These distorted ideas are in part due to a perception in Western movies that women are easy. Also, Iranian women dont traditionally travel alone so to see a young girl is quite a surprise to most Iranians. The other problem is that if you are travelling with a man, most Iranian men will speak directly to the man and ignore the woman. This is not rude behavior in Iran but quite the opposite. Foreign women will get invited into Iranian homes by women, jump to the front of lineups with no problems and and treated with overall respect. I travelled with my better half (from Scotland) and she had absolutely no complaints about the treatment of foreign women in Iranian society. It was actually a blessing because I got to experience some of Iran that as a single Westerner would be virtually impossible.

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  • Written May 27, 2006
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