Sahar D. Sattarzadeh

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Women's rights is not a women's issue; it's a human issue. How can we ensure, therefore, that women and men are working side-by-side?

Oftentimes, women arise to address the injustices and oppression that target themselves. However, if women all over the world are experiencing prejudice and discrimination because of their gendered identities, doesn't it make sense to educate and empower men, who predominantly comprise the "side of the oppressor"? The rights of women cannot be realized until men are also invited to advocate on their counterparts' behalf. So how can we achieve this?

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    Jul 15 2013: I wouldn't mind trying to speak to this question, Sahar, but can you tell me what country you live in. I think it's going to be difficult because I live in the United States, and I guess you live in another country, and I think the conditions may be quite different.

    I'm not sure women are terribly oppressed in the U.S. There are many laws and many people working very hard to make sure nobody is oppressed or discriminated against. I did hear on the radio that women now control about 51% of the wealth in the U.S. and the percentage is expected to grow, in ten or twenty years it will be 61%. Of course some of this is widows who take over their husband's fortune after he dies.
  • Jul 15 2013: This is a terribly westernised argument that does not take into consideration the needs of all women, some of whom are bound to their 'oppression' by their commitment to religious customs. In countries such as these, it would be ridiculous to suggest they have the 'same civil rights'.
  • Jul 9 2013: My two cents worth:

    Do not invite men. Grab them by the arm and drag them into the issue. Or perhaps give them a good shove from behind. If they object, make the point that no one likes abuse, especially those who are kept weak by laws and social customs. Everyone has a responsibility to defend people's rights.

    I cannot understand how men who have daughters can not defend their daughters' rights.
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    Jul 9 2013: .
    It is "human" issue.

    The issue is easy to solve if we know that
    a man and a women are two necessary parts of a co-body bio-entity.

    D. Mechanism
    Marriage woks just as one whole spiritually inseparable biological machine made of two halves-parts.
    a. Husband
    The husband half is biologically assigned in charge of food-seeking, habitat constructing, defending, donating all kinds of co-body-safety messages ceaselessly to his wife (kissing, embracing, and so on) .
    His ability and smartness come mainly from the ceaseless intimate encouragement of the other half of the marriage ---- the wife.
    b. Wife
    The wife is biologically assigned in charge of the child bearing, child bring up, house hold, and etc.
    She transfers all the physical substantial materials from her own body into the baby’s. Also, she exhausts all her spiritual energy to bring up the baby or child ---- the DNA-carrier of both the husband and wife.
    That is where her mother-greatness and beauty come from.
    Her beauty and virtue are support-enhanced by the ceaseless intimate co-body message from the other half of the marriage ---- the husband.

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    Jul 8 2013: As you've said in your original post, the issue must be addressed as a civil rights issue, inviting men into the discussion, rather than a women's issue, making men the enemy.
  • Jul 8 2013: Women have evolved to be oppressed it's a simple fact. But this "oppression" as you call it is unbelievably natural and the only way it will change is when women evolve into mirror opposites of men or vise versa any women in america could become like any man in america if they had the desire and drive to do so but obviously they don't because they aren't.
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      Jul 8 2013: So women shouldn't have the same civil rights as men? Please clarify.
      • Jul 8 2013: yes we are on the way to equality we are just not there yet
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    Jul 8 2013: Like all other species men and women are different. Through my many years of observation men are more competitive and women are more compassionate. A man's team make or a women's child can do no wrong. You need to increase women's and decrease men's competitive drive. Find a good pacifier.
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      Jul 8 2013: Sure, men and women are different, but they both have the same civil rights, which is the subject at hand.