Sounds like Christian Patriarchy or Extreme Christian Gender Complementarians – Iran aims to ban contraception and stop childless women from getting jobs
This is quite similar to some Christians, who push early marriage and baby-making for everyone in America. I have more posts about it (please see the “related posts” section at the bottom of this post for those links).
I bet Southern Baptists, Reconstructionsists, and other types of Christians wish they could enforce this on American women.
I used to be a Southern Baptist, and I still have pretty traditional values, but, some Southern Baptists and other right wingers are way more strident than I am on some topics, and some of them are more severe.
This article mentions that this ban – which is obnoxious and sexist to start with – would also penalize women who are UNABLE (due to physical issues) to have babies.
See, this comes up among conservatives and Christians in the United States constantly – they tend to automatically assume that if a woman is still single past age 30 or 35, and is childless, that she deliberately chose to not marry and chose not to have children.
Please realize I have nothing against women who choose to forgo marriage and/or children. I do not have a problem with those choices.
However, I am someone who had wanted to marry but never met Mr. Right, so I am still single in my 40s. I never cared one way or another if I ever had a child or not, but I wasn’t intentionally avoiding having one. If I had a kid, it would have to be while I was married – if I don’t have a spouse, I cannot have a kid.
I find it very insulting when I read articles and editorials by Christians (especially Southern Baptists) who immediately assume that every last unmarried (or childless) woman is single (or childless) due to deliberate choice, or from being too picky when younger –
Christians – and Republicans and social conservatives – often assume that women get hundreds of marriage proposals by the time they are 30 years old but turned them all down, because they were too demanding and refused to marry a man unless he had the income of Bill Gates and the looks of actor Brad Pitt.
I got one marriage proposal in my entire life, it was after I hit the age of 30, and I had to break up with that guy, and no other proposals have been forthcoming. It just makes me infuriated when so many other Republicans, social conservatives, and Christians assume I CHOSE to be single this long, when such has not been the case.
Republicans, social conservatives, and Christians always assume if you are never-married and childless woman past 35 years of age, you must obviously be an Obama-voting, secular, left wing, abortion supporting, feminist, career obsessed, harpy.
(I am right wing, pro life, cannot stand Obama, am not in agreement with secular feminists 98% or so of the time, etc. I am tired of being automatically lumped in with pro-choicers, secular feminists, Democrats, and the like.)
Notice that this proposed bill would give preference to people who are parents. People who are childless would be passed over for jobs.
- Iran women being ‘reduced to baby-making machines’ as country bans contraception and stops childless women from getting jobs
- Draft legislation aimed at boosting a flagging birth rate has come under fire
- Iran is seeking to double its population to 150million by 2065
- It wants to restrict contraception access and prioritise jobs for the fertile
- Amnesty says the laws will set rights of women back decades
Draft legislation aimed at boosting a flagging birth rate threatens to reduce Iranian women to ‘baby-making machines’ and set their rights back by decades, Amnesty International warned on Wednesday.
The London-based human rights group said that a first bill, which has already been approved once by parliament, would restrict access to contraception, forcing women into unsafe backstreet abortions.
It said the second draft law, which is to go before parliament next month, would close many jobs to women who choose not to or are unable to have children.
- ‘The proposed laws will entrench discriminatory practices and set the rights of women and girls in Iran back by decades,’ said Amnesty’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.
‘The authorities are promoting a dangerous culture in which women are stripped of key rights and viewed as baby-making machines rather than human beings with fundamental rights to make choices about their own bodies and lives.’
The draft legislation comes in response to a call by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to double Iran’s population to 150 million within 50 years.
Iranian officials have expressed alarm at its ageing population, with an official at the national birth registry, Mohammad Nazemi Ardekani, warning last April the population growth rate could fall to zero ‘within 30 years’.
The bill, which is now undergoing amendment, would ban voluntary sterilisation and end state subsidies for contraceptive services.
Amnesty said it would inevitably lead to an increase in backstreet terminations in a country where abortion is illegal except in very limited circumstances.
The second bill would require both public and private employers to give priority to men and women with children when hiring for certain jobs.
It would also make divorce more difficult and restrict intervention by the state in family disputes, which Amnesty said would expose women to increased risks of domestic violence.
Women currently make up around 60 percent of university students in Iran and 10 percent of economically active women are employed, according to official figures.