Azizmoradi, head of GoTopless Iran and a female Iranian Raelian Imam, said today that she applauds Iranian female activists in Stockholm, Sweden, for holding a topless demonstration yesterday.
“It was held in protest of women being forced to wear the Hidjab in their home country [Iran] when men aren’t,” Azizmoradi explained, adding that the demonstrators were sported body slogans like “My nudity, my body, my right.” “I admire these women for having the courage to overcome repressive religious education and stand against oppression,” she said. “Too many women activists are imprisoned and tortured in Iran.”
Nadine Gary, president of GoTopless and a U.S. Raelian priestess, said she denounces the actions of politician Tim Moffitt, who recently introduced a bill in North Carolina that would make it a felony for a woman to show her nipples in public.
“This law wouldn’t apply to male nipples,” Gary said. “Iran is often singled out for human rights violations, but similar violations are about to be voted into law in a state that’s part of the leading democracy. Gender inequality is rampant in both societies!”
According to Azizmoradi, more and more Iranian women, including actress Golshifte Farahani and Maryam Namazie, are using nudity and sensuality to emphasize social injustices.
“We notice the same trend in North America and Europe with the Sexextremist group Femen and Slutwalks,”Gary commented.
Azizmoradi and Gary agree that women worldwide have a converging message for Women’s Day 2013.
“They’re emancipating themselves and standing up to use their bodies, sensuality and sexuality as they please,”Gary said. “They’re breaking away from patriarchal societies and religions that controlled their lives, especially their bodies, for centuries.”
“What do men like Moffit and Ahmadinejad do for the world while oppressing women?” Gary asked. “They just spread greed, corruption, suffering and pollution. It’s Earth’s women, empowered by femininity, who need to occupy the planet! As spiritual leader Rael, founder of Gotopless and a fervent defender of women’s rights, said, “Send the men to watch football while women straighten out this mess on Earth before it’s too late.”