Monday, December 11, 2006

The new Iranian initiative which sees women being allowed to drive taxis in Iran that transport women only for the "The Ladies' Safe Trips" taxi company is sort of a catch 22 opportunity for Iranian women.

Obviously, it allows women the chance to work and to operate in society which is a good thing. The trouble is, only married women are allowed to drive taxis because they have to reinforce the extent to which it's not alright for women to be outside and functioning unless they're attached to a man.

But, of course, this is a taxi company devised to assist women who apparently "feel uncomfortable riding in close proximity with members of the opposite sex". Yes, that's right - the cultural de-humanising of women to the extent that they're treated like cattle is because of a fear women feel. Not insecure, entitlement laden men at all. No, it's the women who ultimately like to be quarantined.

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