Posted by: jt | June 12, 2008

marry or die

Okay, it’s not quite marry or die, but it’s just steps away. Marry or starve?

I don’t have it in me right now to unpack all of the sheer insanity that’s jammed into this one little directive. I’m slammed at work and this makes my brain hurt. I can’t even start with it. I tried. If I begin to dissect the never-ending spiral of issues that this raises, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop. The…sexual politics, separation of church and state, religious oppression, women’s rights, sex workers rights, sex work in general, labor rights, LGBT rights, divorce rights, etc., etc., etc., issues, issues ad infinitum and my head explodes.

Today we’ll just have to leave it with: isn’t this a lovely reminder about the importance of the separation of church and state.

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Iranian couple in Tehran - file photo

Many young Iranians are having difficulty affording getting married

Single workers at one of Iran’s major state-owned companies have been told to marry by September or face being fired, Iranian newspapers have reported.

The Pars Special Economic Energy Zone Company employs thousands of people, mostly young men, on Iran’s Gulf coast.

Being married is a job requirement, a directive from the company is reported as saying.

Correspondents say the ruling appears to be an attempt to reduce the number of prostitutes working in the area.

The company controls Iran’s large network of gas and petrochemical facilities around the coastal city of Assalouyeh on the Gulf coast.

Its directive, according to the Etemad newspaper, says that despite requests “some of our colleagues did not fulfil their commitments and are still single”.

It continues: “As being married is one of the criteria of employment, we are announcing for the last time that all the female and male colleagues have until September 21 to go ahead with this important and moral religious duty.”

In the same vein, the governor of the eastern province of North Khorasan ruled recently that only married people would be hired for official posts in the region.

Economic difficulties in Iran have led many people to postpone getting married, despite sexual relations being illegal outside marriage.

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From BBC News. Of course.

In case anyone wants to get all othering and go down a They are so weird over there! path, does this really feel so far away from something that ultra conservative “Republicans” would try? Really? They’re more than a little obsessed with who gets married too.

(And no, even this doesn’t warrant the headline of the week. There are significantly better contenders.)

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