Friday, August 10, 2018
Masih Alinejad ("The Wind in My Hair") explains how the anti-shah revolution in Iran destroyed women
Fox News last night briefly interviewed author and journalist Masih Alinejad, a woman from Iran who lives in exile in New York City. It was not immediately apparent if she had won asylum in the usual manner.
Her latest book is “The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran”, from Little Brown.
She told Fox that before the 1978 revolution, deposing the Shah and installing the Ayatollah, with the hostage crisis at the embassy which Jimmy Carter flubbed (EDS made the daring rescue), women did well in Iran and the society was socially reasonably progressive. The lesson of the revolution is that economic inequality and tribal strife can indeed cause the loss of civil liberties for everyone as revolutionaries expropriate from the privileged or force religious rules on everyone.
Masih has been active in women’s chess, and has led protests regarding forcing Muslim women to adhere to dress codes at international tournaments.