Gender segregation is humiliating and damaging

Namazie, Maryam
Date Written:  2017-10-22
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21885

The author looks at gender segregation, drawing on her own personal experiences in Iran but also in a broader context and the resulting psychological damage done to girls from a very young age.



When the Hezbollah came to segregate the girls from the boys at my school in Iran in 1980 after an Islamic regime took power, I remember wondering what was so wrong with me that I had to be separated from my male friends.

I was only 12 at the time.

I soon learnt that segregation was a "necessity" because girls over the age of nine (considered the age of maturity) are "sources of fitnah", "temptations that incite men's lust" eventually leading to adultery (Zina). And that gender segregation "protects" society from "moral decay" and "sex anarchy".

Better to be segregated, I was told, than to have to be stoned to death for adultery.

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