Lolita in Tehran

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  •  Sanaz says her goodbyes and puts on her black robe and scarf over her orange shirt and jeans, coiling her scarf around her neck to cover her huge gold earrings.
  • It is in her best interest not to be seen, not be hear or noticed. She doesn't walk upright, but bends her head towards the ground and doesn't look at passersby.
  • She will pass slogans on the walls, quotations from Khomeini and a group called the Party of God:
  • MEN WHO WEAR TIES ARE U.S. LACKEYS.
  • VEILING IS A WOMAN'S PROTECTION
  • Buses were segregated: woman in the back, so Sanaz entered through the back to avoid humiliation.
  • In the course of nearly two decades, the streets have been turned into a war zone. .
  • Women who disobey rules are hurled into patrol cars, taken to jail, flogged, fined, forced to wash the toilets and humiliated.
  • They were never free of the regime's definition of them as Muslim women, didn't matter their identity.
  • These are women who dealt with a struggle. Waking up in the morning and being hurt when leaving home was their daily routine.
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