I have read other women's stories and always commented anonymously on how strong they are and how I hope to one day be able to share mine too. I'm not sure I feel confident and strong, I just feel ready.
The body truly is a vehicle for life rather than something to be controlled. I've heard it said that our bodies are our Earth suits -- simply what we wear on this planet in order to get around. We must nourish this gift in a balanced way.
Iranian women have once more become the standard by which degrees of freedom can be measured. Their resistance will not only shape Iran's future, but have far-reaching effects on Muslim countries and the way Islam is defined.
Over a year after we celebrated the life -- and mourned the death -- of a 23-year-old Iranian protestor named Neda, another very different image caught the world's attention: that of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two.
I am not easily shocked. But two stories that recently came across my desk were so disgraceful, and in some ways dangerous, that I feel compelled to write about them. Both featured players in the Middle East crassly abusing the living and the dead.
Imagine you've spent millions of dollars to articulate and orchestrate a message and then a 20-year-old protester shoots a 1-minute video, uploads it onto YouTube and destroys your whole story. What would you do?