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Old fashion photos show Iranian women before the 1979 Islamic Revolution

Before the 1979 Revolution, Iran was becoming a much more westernized country.

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Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran was beginning to resemble more of a westernized country.

Like images of a pre-taliban Afghanistan, the collection below shows how a theocracy can dampen a culture not just from a human rights perspective, but from an aesthetic one as well.

Women in the photos wear short skirts, tight shirts, and freely show skin and even cleavage. They also show women posing at home, out on the street, and even near Iranian landmarks, which is unthinkable in today’s Iran.

However, the Ayatollah Khomeini, supported by a large portion of the Arabic-Muslim minority, turned back the clock on many of the personal freedoms women enjoyed under the Shah’s monarchical rule. Images like these serve as startling reminders that women are usually the first affected under theocracies and oppressive regimes.

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  2. Chad Weber

    February 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Before the revolution, literacy rates among women in Iran hovered around 43%. Today, they are near 98%. “As of 2006, women accounted for over half of university students in Iran and 70% of Iran’s science and engineering students. In 2012, according to the UNESCO data, 2,191,409 out of 4,404,614 students in tertiary education were females, thus making fifth largest female enrollment after China, India, USA and Brazil. In engineering fields Iranian female enrollment ranked as first in the World, in science fields second (after USA).” Things are rarely black and white, and despite what this article seems to be suggesting, women are doing very well in Iran. There’s room for improvement, but that is true of every country on the planet.

  3. Nick Cooper

    February 22, 2016 at 5:38 am

    These photos were Western propaganda.

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