"Ever since that day, the twenty-second of Bahman has been celebrated as the date of the revolution's victory. In Persian, we do not say the revolution was born, that it happened or came to pass; we require an oversize verb, and so we say the revolution was victorious. That day, a feeling of pride washed over me that in hindsight makes me laugh. I felt that I too had won, alongside this victorious revolution. It took scarcely a month for me to realize that, in fact,I had willingly and enthusiastically participated in my own demise. I was a woman, and this revolution's victory demanded my defeat." (pg.38)
A former judge, Shirin was now relegated to a secretary in the same court in which she used to preside. Because women couldn't be judges apparently.
Shirin enjoyed reading several newspapers every day. As the Islamic Republic started printing their new penal code, she felt she was "hallucinating" as she read how her value had just been cut in half and women's rights were stripped. She said it seemed they "had apparently consulted the seventh century for legal advice." (pg. 51) She felt so unsettled about these laws where her husband remained a person and she "became chattel" that she talked with her husband about how he'd been "promoted above" her. He agreed to a postnuptial agreement where she had the right to divorce him and primary custody of the children if they divorced. The notary looked at her husband like he'd gone mad.
Once when the family went on a skiing trip, Javad (her husband) rode the men's bus while Shirin and their daughters got on the women's bus. Unfortunately something about their vacation plans roused the suspicion of the bus driver so she was questioned. Her husband's bus had already left so he couldn't vouch for her.
'I'm sorry,' he said obstinately. 'I can't let the bus depart.'
... 'This is absurd,' I said, 'It's not fair to the other people on that bus.'
'There's only one solution,' ... 'I have to call your mother and see if you have permission to go skiing.'
And that is how I was forced, at the age of forty-five, to dial up my mother and say, 'Maman, can you please tell this man that I'm allowed to go skiing?''' (pg. 101)
She said her mother teased her about this later saying next time she might not give permission.
"The suicide rate among women rose after the Islamic Revolution, commonly taking the form of self-immolation. This tragic exhibitionism, I'm convinced, is women's way of forcing their community to confront the cruelty of oppression. Otherwise, would it not simply be easier to overdose on pills in a dark room?" (pg. 109)
I think we all remember a year ago when a young fruit vendor in Tunisia did the same thing. Many believe his act paved the way for 2011's Arab Spring.
On a somewhat related note, I heard on the news a bit ago that THE PROTESTER is Time magazine's person of the year.