Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Meanwhile, in Iran

The mullahs are tightening the screws which keep women in the proper tiny boxes. As the Washington Post reported a few days ago:
The first snow of the season fell in Tehran this week, but female ski bums planning to carve fresh lines at one of the three resorts in the Alborz mountain range will be able to hit the slopes only if they are accompanied by a male guardian.

A police circular, reported Thursday on the pro-government Etedaal Web site, states that women and girls are no longer allowed to ski in the absence of a husband, father or brother.

The mandate of Iran’s morality police is currently being broadened by hard-liners attempting to roll back reforms enacted under former president Mohammad Khatami. The current government says the reforms led to a lack of observance of religious dress codes, among other things.

This is not a major thing in itself. But it struck me as metaphorically so apt: Women are not allowed to enjoy the sun, the silence and the speed of skiing and snow-boarding alone. They must be accompanied and guarded.

When I ski I have wings. I'm an eagle, flying alone in a white universe.

But the mullahs want women's wings cut.