The Struggle for Freedom; from Reading Lolita in Tehran
From: Reading Lolita in Tehran.
By: Adrijana Mehmedovic
Sanaz expresses herself through her clothes, but she cannot do this in public because of newly placed strict laws.
As she exits they house she must put on a black robe and scarf to cover her hair and skin. She also puts on gloves to hide her nail polish.
I hope nobody notices me.
Saraz walks with her head down and does not make eye contact with other people.
Why are we segregated and forced to unfairly sit in the back and enter the bus through the back door.
Militia called the Blood of God patrol the streets to make sure women are in proper attire and are not walking with men who are not in their family.
Come with us! You are breaking the law by not being properly dressed!
You will not force me to wear the veil!
I will never be free of the regime's perspective on me as a Muslim Woman.
Your personal identity is irrelevant. Cover up!
I am saddened by these laws.
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