The Ahmadinejad Regime as Reactionary Puritanical Nightmare Dictatorship is pretty much the standard lie you hear in the West, and especially via the agents of International Zionism who are sprinkled throughout our media. Forget it. It’s just not true. True, Tehran is not San Fransisco. But Iran has long been far more liberal than much of the Arab World, especially the Gulf.
Sure the kids are mad. They want even more freedom than what they have. Kids everywhere want to screw and party, even in Iran. Problem is the kids are an outlier that does not represent conservative Iranian society.
Ahmadinejad’s regime is not as reactionary as you think. The young people really hate the extreme conservatism, so the regime pretty much lays off and leaves the kids alone.
The Iranian regime, including the Ayatollahs, allowed a transsexual mullah to be a judge, and Khomeini himself allowed this, issuing a fatwa that said that Shiism should sympathize with true transsexuals, since they were obviously created by Allah. This mullah got a sex change, turned into a woman, retained his clerical position, and soon married another genetically male cleric! The marriage was approved by the clerical establishment.
There is dope all over Tehran, and lots of people smoke marijuana and hashish in their homes, particular the middle, upper middle and upper classes. This group drinks too, and they especially love to smoke opium (This has long been the favorite Iranian vice). As long as it is behind the closed doors of North Tehran, no one cares much about any of this (Anonymous 1994). The whole country is dope-flooded.
The reason it is dope flooded is not so much that Iranians are inveterate dopers (they are not) but more than Iran is a Central Nexus in international dope smuggling. Dope, particularly opium and heroin, moves through Iran, typically via southwest Iran, and then on to Europe. It’s typically flown out on international flights out of Tehran.
This is the heroin trade often referred to as the Turkish connection or the Marseilles connection (cf the movie French Connection), because much of the dope moves through Turkey and much is shipped in via ships to the ports of Southern France. Many hundreds of Iranian drug agents have lost their lives in the past decade alone. Large areas of southwest Iran are virtually no man’s lands, controlled by very heavily armed drug smugglers and their militias.
There is a Sexual Revolution going on with the young, especially the upper middle classes of Northern Tehran, and no one does anything to stop it.
There are chador-clad prostitutes walking certain streets of Tehran late at night. A serial killer was killing them a while back; the regime caught him and executed him, saying even street whores have a right to life.
The prostitute problem is so serious in Tehran (25,000 in Tehran alone) that the regime was recently debating whether or not to put them in whorehouses with madams and guards. It would be done under the umbrella of temporary marriage. Prostitutes, when arrested, are usually sentenced to living in some halfway house under female supervision where they are rehabilitated.
The holy city of Qom is full of male religious students along with thousands of young and pretty chador-clad female prostitutes to service them. This charade is conducted under the rubric of “temporary marriage.”
A religious student picks a prostitute out of the crowd, goes to find a mullah, pays the mullah some money, and the guy and girl are “temporarily married” for a few hours or days or whatever. The girl gets paid by the guy and they go off to do it, often in public. Graveyards are a favorite place, since there are many tombs (Shia graveyards are full of elaborate tombs) where you can easily have sex out of sight, and Qom graveyards are full of young Iranians screwing away even in midday.
Mullahs use the “temporary marriage” gambit liberally, and quite a few females get access to them this way. A prominent Iranian female religious scholar recently published interviews boasting of sleeping her way to the top of the mullahcracy, have sex with dozens of mullahs along the way, all under the cover of temporary marriage. No one cared about this astonishing revelation.
Iranian society is way more liberal than you think.
- Anonymous, 23 year old Female Tehran resident, a foreign student at California State University, Fresno. 1994. Personal communication. Fresno, California.