Friday, May 23, 2003

Iran is not only Tehran
For a long time I was thinking about this matter that many people in the world have misunderstanding about current situation in Iran. What they know about Iran, in fact it is about Tehran. It has several reasons. One of them is that many Iranian immigrants have the same misunderstanding! since majority of Iranians who immigrated to other countries used to live in Tehran. Some of them are first generation and the rest are second generation whose parents were not born in Tehran. In fact, it is difficult to say that Tehran is a homogenous city. People have come there from other parts of country since all ministries and administrations are placed in Tehran.
Anyway, when you see somewhere that Iranian girls dress like this or Iranian boys do that, you should read Tehrani girls dress like this or Tehrani boys do that. Another important fact is that majority of Iranian bloggers especially who write in English live in Tehran and in terms of socio-economic class, they are rich enough to have Internet access. So when an Iranian blogger says something, it is better to be cautious when you want to interpret or quote what she or he says. In contrast to what many westerners think this society still has a patriarchal structure (though it is the most developed society in the Middle East. There is a long path to pave for democracy and secular system!

( posted by Iman)

PS: when you read this post, please keep in mind that the population in Tehran is more than 10 millions or about one sixth of the country population. Though it can be a good source of what is going on there, like many other things it is not all the story!.

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