One of the most recent casualties in Iran’s epic struggle to stop the scourge of white marriages in their country (hey, clearly they have a good chance since they did a nice job of getting rid of homosexuality) is the Zanan-e Emrooz women’s magazine, only 11 issues back in the market from their previous 8 year ban.
Now, before Chris Matthews wets himself, the term white marriage isn’t some sort of racial dog whistle, in fact it’s only the equivalent of the phrase living in sin, in old Oklahoman.
Basically an Iranian white marriage is unwedded cohabitation.
Iran’s Press Supervisory Council suspended any further production of the magazine late last month, due to its pages, “Encouraging the anti-social and religiously unsanctioned phenomenon known as white marriage.”
Zanan-e Emrooz (formerly known as the Zanan Magazine, before Ahmadinejad nixed it the first time) apparently didn’t win over Rouhani as fan, though few believe the authority line that it stemmed only from a special report in their October issue as opposed to just the concept of it being a women’s magazine in general.
“The suspension of Zanan cannot be due to a few reports about white marriages. All administrations have had great problems with the issue of women’s rights and this is apparently their red line. This was the same in the Administration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and it is also Mr. Rouhani,” said Jila Bani-Yaghoub, a key figure in Iran’s women’s rights movement, one whom has done more than her fair share of jail time for the cause.
Of course, Hossein Noushabadi, the Spokesman for the Ministry of Culture, had a slightly more authoritarian view, “We will discipline any publication that might want to encourage antisocial or religiously offensive behaviors or ridicule the public morality.”
Oh Iran, what a land of liberation you are!