Oh why oh WHY is Zahra Rahnavard constantly compared to Michelle Obama?
Why are some women’s rights activists within Iran saluting the idea of her being our first “first lady”?
The biggest issue here is not that they are trying to sell Michelle Obama like Calvin Klein underwear or McDonald’s where she becomes just another brand we poor Middle Easterners can covet and admire – and attempt to reenact.
Rather, the most crucial factor here is this:
Why do we need a first lady? I DON’T WANT a first lady and am glad Iran has never had one. The first lady is an advertising billboard for the president. She pimps the president policies to people who are too lazy to read. How many have ever dared state an independent opinion that goes AGAINST their husband’s? To be that adoring, doting, well-dressed wife; that baby-producing machine who trots the globe saying nice things and makes for nice magazine covers (Queen Rania comes to mind right now) … So Middle Ages if you ask me. Wearing couture has never been more despicable than when I see it on her hideous body. She pimps her husband’s atrocities in exchange for those clothes.
I have heard Zahra Rahnavard speak on a number of occasions. And I think she has many intelligent things to say. She was the only female university chancellor after the revolution. She’s highly educated, and both her and her husband know a thing or two about art, and war. It is my hopes that she will simply disappear once the elections are over, OR, rise as a political adviser who will have many harsh things to say about her husband’s policies (as the latter is quite unlikely, I hope she just disappears).
related: The Momifcation of Michelle Obama.