[Marxism] Ahmadinejad, an Islamic Feminist (was Reflections on Iran)

Yoshie Furuhashi critical.montages at gmail.com
Fri Jul 21 14:35:22 MDT 2006

On 7/21/06, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
> Yoshie:
> >I've already examined abortion in Iran in one of my blog entries
> >published earlier than my MRZine article on Iran:
> >
> ><blockquote>But one of the similarities between Iran and Venezuela,
> >alas, is conservatism: women in both societies lack the right to
> >abortion, except the right to abortion performed to save the mother's
> >life (women in El Salvador do not enjoy even this limited right, as
> >even most MPs of the ostensibly secular FMLN eventually voted for
> >total criminalization [Jack Hitt, "Pro-Life Nation," New York Times, 9
> >April 2006]).
> There is a big difference between Venezuela and Iran. In Venezuela, there
> is a woman's liberation movement that openly presses for the
> decriminalization of abortion. In Iran, you will get arrested if you
> demonstrate for decriminalization. One country is fully democratic. The
> other is authoritarian. We should not identify ourselves with countries
> that arrest women's rights protestors.

You are dodging the question: Why do Venezuelans who have more civil
liberties than Iranians still lack the right to abortion?  Why
shouldn't that be criticized, especially considering that Venezuela,
unlike Iran, says it is socialist?

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