Iran leader says objectification of women Zionist plot

While West promotes ‘gender justice,’ Khamenei suggests real justice is promoting woman’s role as a housewife

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a speech, June 4, 2007. (AFP/Atta Kenare)
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a speech, June 4, 2007. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

In honor of Iranian mother’s day, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to Twitter Sunday to share his views on gender issues, asserting that the West considers women to be “goods and means of pleasure” and that this is the product of the “Zionists’ plot.”

The seven-tweet ramble came on the birth anniversary of Fatimah Zahra, the daughter of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, which is also designated as mother’s day in the country.

Accordingly, Khamenei began his message by identifying Fatimah’s positive traits that make her the “perfect role model for Muslim women.”

These included “grandeur & stature beyond human’s understanding and imagination.”

But the supreme leader made sure to stipulate that “one of Hazrat Zahra’s roles was being a mother, wife & housewife,” using an alternate name for Fatimah.

Khamenei seemed to be responding to what he views as a culture of “humiliating housewives” when in his opinion, the role means the responsibility of “raising humans and producing highest product in [the] universe i.e. human being.”

The supreme leader attributed this flaw in Western culture to a Zionist conspiracy “to destroy human community.”

Seemingly wary of being perceived as sexist due to his elevation of the housewife role, Khameini went on to explain that “men and women are no different in some aspects like ‘spiritual ascension,’ ‘leadership power’ or ‘ability to guide humanity.’”

However, he clarified that the genders “are different in aspects like ‘duties in handling life.’”

The supreme leader concluded his Twitter spurt by slamming “West[ern]”-promoted terms such as “gender justice” and “gender equality.”

Khameini argued that justice is, in fact, “realizing and nurturing capabilities God has gifted;” suggesting that duties of a traditional housewife must take priority in order for a woman to fulfill her proper role in society.

The supreme leader has frequently used Twitter as a platform to voice his negative opinions of Zionism.

Earlier this month, he wrote that “despite constant invasions by all superpowers & Zionists’ media empire, Iranian nation is advancing in any areas after Revolution.”

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