Persian Voices: What Kind of Men Are We?

What kind of men are we?… We imprison our women in the house but enjoy ourselves at parties, where we embrace the [male] musicians. We imprison our women in the house, but take as a temporary wife any women whose [bare] ankle we fall for; we imprison our women in the house, but spend the daily bread for our sons and daughters on blond foreign prostitutes.

—Jalil Mohammed Qolizadeh

 

Afary, Janet. (2009). Sexual Politics in Modern Iran. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p.137. Print

Jalil Mohammed Qolizadeh, Mulla Nassrulldin (first published on April 7, 1906).

 

Editor’s Note: Jalil Mohammed Qolizadeh argued that according to Quranic verses (33:59:31), the Prophet had required women to cover private parts of their bodies rather than their faces, and goes on to blame male chauvinism for a such misunderstanding of the Quran.