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

Yoshie Furuhashi critical.montages at gmail.com
Sat Jul 22 09:09:49 MDT 2006

On 7/22/06, dwalters at marxists.org <dwalters at marxists.org> wrote:
> But...it's a good question, to
> compare the even more progessive laws (natural or not) of countries like France
> and Germany to IRAN, but maybe you don't want to do that because it makes
> "anti-imperialist Iran" look worse than Europe.

It goes without saying that women in the USA, Europe, and Japan have
more rights than women in Iran.  But what's the point of such
comparison?  We have more rights and our lives are better than those
of women in any part of the rest of the world, not just Iran, except
maybe Cuba (if we don't take the "standard of living" into account --
if we do, we have to confront the fact that many Cuban women as well
as men wish to immigrate to richer countries like the USA than vice
versa).  I'd think that it makes more sense to evaluate Iran by the
West Asian/North African standards than by the first-world standard.

> You can do the same thing with
> labor laws, btw, or even the legality of labor in Britain to that of Iran.

You mean the legality of "free" trade unions?  Or labor rights in
general?  Now, that's a tricky question: socialist countries have
generally made it more difficult to fire workers (except for
ideological offenses and the like) than capitalist ones, but trade
union activities independent of or opposed to the socialist
governments have been illegal or frowned upon.  Do socialists look
better than Islamists in this regard?

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