Politics of the body in the 'woman, life, freedom' movement in Iran

A commentary

  • Mehr-Afarin Kohan Toronto Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Keywords: gender apartheid, body, oppression, feminism, Iran, politics


On 16 September 2022, nationwide protests broke out in Iran in reaction to the death of a 22-year-old girl, Mahsa Amini, who was killed by the morality police for not wearing a ‘proper hijab’ and led to the first women-led movement in Iran. This commentary explores the importance of this movement and historical moment as it relates to the form of resistance that is being exercised in fighting against the oppression of women under the current gender apartheid of the Islamic Republic. I examine the main slogans, symbols, and icons of this movement in the context of the politics of the body and a reclaiming of women’s bodies in a fight against a patriarchal dictatorship.


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Kohan, M.-A. (2022). Politics of the body in the ’woman, life, freedom’ movement in Iran: A commentary. Psychotherapy & Politics International, 20(4), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.24135/ppi.v20i4.06