I had entered Iran during the depths of winter and was beginning to wonder if this had been a mistake.
I have met 4 Iranian girls in my life, each is summed up below.On the surface they seem really nice when I have met them but behind closed doors I have been told that they are anything but.That is a profound generational shift in a society of 80 million whose theocracy preaches that a woman’s main purpose in life is to be a wife and mother.Iran has launched its first official matchmaking website to try to encourage more young people to marry.She had to leave, of course, and I had plans to check out Iranian Kurdistan.
Then in her late 20s and rebounding from a string of broken relationships, Fahimeh Azadi moved alone into an apartment in working-class southern Tehran.
Her very presence, she recalled, was “a walking challenge to the men.”Azadi had joined a growing number of women in Iran who are electing to remain single, defying their parents’ expectations and the strict conventions of the Islamic Republic.
Still, Azadi had to balance independence with caution.
In Iran, dating is frowned upon by traditional and religious families and forbidden by the state, so finding the person to share one’s life with can be tricky.
Online matchmaking has expanded swiftly in recent years with an estimated 350 unofficial websites active at present.
She ascended the staircase only when it was clear of neighbors and admonished visiting friends to walk on tiptoes to avoid attracting attention.