Ata Shirazi

Tehran, Iran

About Ata

Areas of Expertise

Mechatronic Engineering, Art History Modernism

I'm passionate about

Green Technologies, Environmental Issues, Gender justice, Sociology and Psychology

Universities

University of Tehran

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Ata Shirazi
Posted about 3 years ago
can we reform the discussion surrounding gender inequality?
Noah, you mentioned an excellent point, "Why do women accept lower wage?". I strongly believe that it can be a good starting point to reform and redefine the gender justice scope. The answer of this question is that women don't think of themselves as breadwinners and they expect their husbands to provide total household expenditure. Therefore they are satisfied with a low wage simply because they don't feel obliged to pay for cost of living. If we want to make progress in gender justice we should offer a plan which benefits both men and women tangibly. The responsibility for providing cost of living in a family is exactly where we can convince men that gender equality can improve their life too. I want to emphasize that we must subvert this old stereotype that men are primary breadwinners. If women have the same responsibility for living expenditure as men, they will never accept wage lower than men's ones. On the other hand, it can relieve the working pressure on men and they can enjoy the lower working hours per week.
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Ata Shirazi
Posted about 3 years ago
can we reform the discussion surrounding gender inequality?
FEMINISM DEADLOCK I want to elaborate the phrase “feminism deadlock” which I used it in my comments. Unfortunately the feminist movements have been impeded by several successive historical catastrophes. After first victory for feminists in 1920, when they gained federal amendment for Women’s Suffrage, a controversy aroused between feminist activists and cleaved them into tow antagonistic parties. A party thought that they reached their goal and the movement has reached its end and the other party believed that it is the genesis of a long and arduous procedure. When feminists were engaged this tough dispute the first catastrophe happened: The Great Depression. Then job opportunities disappeared and people lost their careers. Traditional workers, men, considered new workforce, women, as rival. It was too soon for society to accept a woman as breadwinner. Hence, men tried aggressively to take jobs form women. It was a shattering blow for feminist movement. After that, the second catastrophe occurred: the World War II. This war masculinized the atmosphere intensely again and people forgot all things about gender justice because of more severe issues. In 70s and 80s, by developing the communication technology, the trio of the mass media, popular culture and capitalism formed an impenetrable fort that has a great disposition to objectification of women. Now, I think people have no interest in changing the gender justice situation and are satisfied with current status. They just grumble sometime about it ignorantly. When I refer to feminism deadlock I mean this indifferent attitude towards gender justice which has a historical base.
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Ata Shirazi
Posted about 3 years ago
can we reform the discussion surrounding gender inequality?
Mass media and popular culture which have a close reciprocal relationship when combine with power and economical desires of entrepreneurs consolidate the power of influence of media on ordinary people. The regrettable fact is that none of them has nothing to do with non-profit activities such as gender justice which don't have direct economic results. My main contention is that subjects such as feminism and gender justice are not interesting topics for mass media and it has been a major hindrance for feminism movement. How we can raise the public interest in this issue?
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Ata Shirazi
Posted about 3 years ago
can we reform the discussion surrounding gender inequality?
I think capitalism is another accomplice. I am not an extreme socialist or something like that but I see how capitalists take advantage of mass media to encourage the women to squander on cosmetics, fashion and many other things that reinforce the traditional stereotypes of women. My impression is that in social democrat countries such as European countries the situation of women is better than liberal countries like USA. It is just my personal impression and I appreciate any debate on it.
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Ata Shirazi
Posted about 3 years ago
can we reform the discussion surrounding gender inequality?
This idea is very excellent that man and woman in a family share a fixed amount of working hours per week equally and each of them spends equal hours at home and take care of children and do household chores. It can ameliorate the negative effect of long working hours especially in routine jobs and provide more free time to foster creativity or non-profit activities at home. However this plan cannot expand to all class of families. For example when you are a executive manager you cannot attend your company only 3 days per week or a mechanical design engineer who must accomplish a major project during one year cannot go to work part-time and prolong the project, because it will lead to financial loss and miss the market. Nevertheless, these families have enough income to hire servant. But let me to emphasize that in my view cooking for your own sake, taking care of you own child and doing your domestic chores of your own home IS NOT A JAB! A job is a career which involves promotion, social interaction, appropriate income, organization and so forth.
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Ata Shirazi
Posted about 3 years ago
can we reform the discussion surrounding gender inequality?
The main point of feminism is that the society must provide equal job opportunity for every individuals regardless to gender. Men in society must accept this truth that an occupation should be take by the person who have the higher eligibility and this person can be man or woman. We need inform society what was had being happened in the past did not fair and true and must be changed. Of course there will be a tough resistance against this change specially from traditional men who have a strong control over society. So I think the key to success is just raising the awareness of women and urge them to focus on their abilities and skills in order to make more and more contribution in high social positions not for struggle with men but rather for demonstration of true lifestyle of humankind.
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Ata Shirazi
Posted about 3 years ago
can we reform the discussion surrounding gender inequality?
One of the important reason for this illusion that men are better than women is that women have been restricted in home to give birth and take care of children and often didn't take other more serious social positions. But today, families have for the most part only one or tow children. On the other hand, there are many modern facilities and legislation which allow families to take care of their children in new ways. Nevertheless, still there is a great tendency between women to stay home or take low-level jobs such as clerkship. For instance you can take a look at staff of a university; most professors are men and most secretaries are women. Why women still follow patriarchal rules however the situation has been completely changed?
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Ata Shirazi
Posted about 3 years ago
What do you think is the biggest technological challenge the human race will face in the next 30 years?
As I mentioned in developed countries and big cities the general trend is towards having a very small family in middle age. But it is not whole the picture and governments of this countries strive to compensate through immigration. In the other parts of the world people deal with more serious economic and social problems and don't pay attention to population growth adequately. Briefly we cannot be very optimistic about have less population in the future.