For Nasrin the headscarf transcends aesthetics, it is a symbol of the Islamic Republic itself. A symbol of that which reduces her to something that she is not. A symbol of something that can quite literally smother her identity. Only in the alcoves of this rigid regime, such as the corner of her friend's café, could she be herself.
This isn't about hurtful comment vindication. Upsetting comments and their narrators will come and go -- what it is about a collective cultural tolerance.
You told your friend it was nice to see someone like me buy vegetables "for a change." You know, because you have been shopping with me before to see what I buy. You also made the assumption that I do not care about my health.
The Helms Amendment prevents U.S. foreign assistance programs from supporting abortion "as a method of family planning." But since the law's inception in 1973, the U.S. government has wrongly implemented it as a total ban on funding for abortion -- even in cases of incest, rape, and life endangerment.
Solo female travelers have a plethora of information and advice available to them through a simple online search. But what about those single ladies looking to move somewhere new rather than simply passing through?
A perfectionist for as far back as I can remember, I can now embrace my imperfections. I realize at last that I wouldn't have half the insight upon which I have come to rely were it not for those trying times in my life.
Yes, egg freezing provides a sort-of insurance policy for successful pregnancy later in life -- but it is not the solution to our current state of fertility. Rather, the solution is to educate and empower women and remind them to not give up hope on their body and its ability to conceive naturally.
If we decide elections why don't the issues we care about advance once the candidates we elect take office? In a system of representative government, shouldn't elected officials serve my interests once elected? They should, but women need to play a greater role in making sure they do.
How does the democratization of female beauty actually help women transcend objectification? Isn't this in some ways an extension of the patriarchal bargain to more women?
Women have the right to make their own informed choices concerning their sexual health; that gender equality should be the standard when it comes to access to treatments for sexual dysfunction; and that the approval of safe and effective treatments for women's sexual dysfunction should be a priority for action by the FDA.
So what's it like to be a woman inside the tech revolution? Unfortunately, too few of us know. Only 18 percent of undergraduate computer science degree recipients today are women--a number that's dropped from a high of 37 percent in 1985.
I was fine with the divorce but upset by what felt like a scolding from a judge. I've asked myself several times if perhaps she was simply acting like any other judge would in this situation. I don't know what the answer is.
What if I told you that, in two years' time, you would graduate with a master's degree, something you've wanted for nearly 15 years? Or that, in three years' time, you'd be standing at the front of a classroom at a prestigious university, talking about good writing and the power of literature?
While it's unrealistic to simply grow a thicker skin overnight, there could be some benefit to accepting criticism instead of internalizing it (and obsessing over it, and, let's be honest, who hasn't done that?).
Girls and women, infinitely diverse in their interests, appearance, ambition, ability, aspirations, make up more than 50 percent of the human population, but you would never know any of this watching our top grossing films. Despite decades of research, it is apparent that we are, as a culture, so used to women being marginal that we don't even notice.