Female students in Iran have been barred from more than 70 university degree courses in an officially-approved act of sex-discrimination which critics say is aimed at defeating the fight for equal women’s rights.
It follows years in which Iranian women students have outperformed men, a trend at odds with the traditional male-dominated outlook of the country’s religious leaders. Women outnumbered men by three to two in passing this year’s university entrance exam.
It only makes sense to a bunch of misogynistic fundamentalists that the first thing to do when you realize that women have been outnumbering men in passing the university entrance exam is not to try to find the root cause behind why men aren’t applying as much, but to ban women from taking classes there instead.
Actually, they have an idea of what the problem is already:
Sociologists have credited women’s growing academic success to the increased willingness of religiously-conservative families to send their daughters to university after the 1979 Islamic revolution. The relative decline in the male student population has been attributed to the desire of young Iranian men to “get rich quick” without going to university.
So in other words, families are pushing to have their daughters take advantage of the opportunities allowed them under the nation’s education programs in order to better themselves and have a good life. The guys, on the other hand, are looking for a faster way to make money that involves less work.
So again, the obvious solution is to hold back the women … not provide better guidance for men to get them to look beyond the short term and understand that an education is in their best interests.
Senior clerics in Iran’s theocratic regime have become concerned about the social side-effects of rising educational standards among women, including declining birth and marriage rates.
Funny, I hear the same thing from evangelical Christians in this country. The rise of feminism has emasculated men and destroyed the family structure. Only when women do their godly duty and get back to making babies will God’s will be done and the nation will be restored to greatness!
Only nowadays the trend is not to stifle their educational opportunities outright. More often they’re focused on controlling and demonizing female sexuality to make it almost impossible to get ahead if women commit the horrible sin of unintentionally getting pregnant.
Now, in a country that was actually well known for having a pretty good educational system – especially in that part of the world – Iran is taking a tremendous step backward in a desperate attempt to prevent the feminist movement from gaining too much influence:
Mrs Ebadi, a human rights lawyer exiled in the UK, said the real agenda was to reduce the proportion of female students to below 50% – from around 65% at present – thereby weakening the Iranian feminist movement in its campaign against discriminatory Islamic laws.
A group of religious fanatics weakening the influence of a particular demographic in order to keep them from having enough power to fight against laws that discriminate against them … where have I head stuff like this before?