Media outlets around the world are coincidentally putting the story of what is happening in Iran at this very moment in time in the headlines.
Today, as I walked out of the Union at the University of Utah, I could hear the women with microphones in the plaza complaining over and over again. Shock, anger, sadness and compassion were the focus of the story, and the public's emotions were instantly ignited and will remain so for a long time.
The incident began when a Martha Amini was beaten to death. Although officials claim that she died of heart failure, scans of her head show signs of fractures, bleeding and cerebral edema.
The professor of my image processing course is from the Middle East and she always wears a hijab during class. The act of wearing a hijab itself is an expression of religious devotion. But when it becomes political, when it becomes a compulsory requirement for women, it loses its meaning for the religion itself.
The practice actually originated in Islam, and nowadays, countless people have risen up to oppose it by labeling themselves as feminists. Although I tend to call myself a feminist, I don't think the event itself has anything to do with feminism; it is essentially a political oppression of liberalism.
Whatever women in Iran choose to wear, it is their own doing. Rousseau once said that the freedom of a person is not that they can do what they want, but that they can always refuse to do what they don't want. What is happening in Iran, as in the overturning of Roe v. Wade, is essentially the denial of women's right to refuse, not the feminist ideal of gender equality, but a more fundamental issue than feminism: the violation of human freedom by politics.
Our choices often receive a variety of factors such as time as well as circumstance, and for the average person most of their time is spent spending most of their life on what they have to do. But that doesn't mean they don't have the right to refuse. Although it sounds incomprehensible to quit in style, it is still an option that is always available to you to interpret the meaning of freedom itself. This is very different from the pursuit of more power.
Feminism has often been accompanied by the rise of liberal thinking. Although occasionally accompanied by a proliferation of liberalism, it has continued to move slowly through history. This idea comes from historical materialism, that when liberal ideas proliferate, they are often replaced by order, and that order often results in tyranny and oppression, which in turn forces the rise of liberal ideas. I firmly believe that the era of liberalism and globalization will eventually return as the overall economy moves upward once again.
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