Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. - Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Because letters from western women will convince Iran? I'm sorry, no offense, but I don't think that'll do a damn thing. Iran doesn't give a sh*t about their own women and they think western women are whores who should be disciplined. They'd stone all of us if they thought they could get away with it. We could send letters to them 'til we're blue in the face. Western men only get a slightly higher status because of their dangly bits in man-land, but they hate them, too. And bombing Iraq hasn't really helped the middle east have warm fuzzies about us... anyways, those 7 women are not alone. How about all those who are murdered legally by their male relatives? It happens frequently in Saudi Arabia, I know for sure, and I'm sure in Iran. As I write this, a woman is probably being starved to death by her husband or being strangled by her father... however, apparently the best way to encourage change in that region was to bomb the sh*t out of Iraq and go to bed with Saudi Arabia, turning a blind eye to everything they do. Better to encourage people here to put pressure on those countries (and I do not mean bomb them) than send futile emails to misogynistic bastards who hate the west.
Well, first, petitions from western countries have worked before. Secondly, one of the main reasons to participate in things like this is that it raises people's awareness of what is going on.
Yes so you might have to write to a misogynistic bastard or two but what does that matter if the result is that they commute the sentance? Amnesty International does this all the time, and it works. I have signed the petition, well both of them. I'm sure that you disagree with their sentance, so isn't it better to do something than nothing at all?
If you read my comment I wasn't suggesting not doing anything, simply that writing emails to Iranian ministers is unlikely to commute anyone's sentence. I have no problem communicating with anyone, be they misogynistic or unrealistic and idealistic, but I was suggesting that perhaps there might be better ways that pressure be brought to bear and that awareness of everyday women's problems in these countries would be more helpful. But if spending 30 seconds sending an email that will likely be deleted makes you feel better, go ahead... I'm going to look for more constructive methods of making a difference.
Please don't bite my head off I wasn't having a go at you. It doesn't matter if the email isn't read and is deleted. The point is the sheer number of emails that are sent, that is what makes the difference. I agree that there are better ways to tackle this, but in the absence of any political influence that I have, I choose to do this.
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