Iranian Politician Moradi Denied Seat On City Council Because She Is Too Attractive

The woman is Nina Siahkali Moradi, a 27-year-old architecture graduate from Iran. During the last election in the city of Qazvin, she received an impressive 10,000 votes. That total placed her 14th out of the 163 candidates on the ballot. Her campaign, which successfully recruited the youth vote from Qazvin, earned her a spot as an alternate member of the council. This designation effectively made Moradi the first reserve to the council, granting her a spot on the council if any current members stepped down from their position.

But when a council member ranked above Moradi stepped down, she was blocked from filling his seat. The reason?

“We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” a senior Qazvin official said.

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4 thoughts on “Iranian Politician Moradi Denied Seat On City Council Because She Is Too Attractive

  1. “We don’t want a catwalk model on the council.” Is this a direct quote or a translation? If it is a direct quote, the senior official betrays a suspicious familiarity with western culture.
    At any rate, he is to be commended for not wanting his personal lust to interfere with doing God’s work on the city council. His example of duty over indulgence can inspire us all.

  2. I have no answer to the question about this being a direct quote. However, why should any woman be denied a civic role based on the inability of males in the electorate to focus on issues instead of physical beauty? Or am I projecting Western values?

    • Your point is well taken. Let me briefly turn serious with an enlarged perspective (hopefully).

      The Iranian official is not willing to put his image of himself as a good Muslim at risk by having an attractive woman sitting at the council table.

      Since his self-image is derived from the social order in which he grew up and to which he is presumably still loyal, we can perhaps infer that he is also instinctively unwilling to put his social order at risk. Accommodating an attractive woman at the council table would be to accept a situation that is not consistent with received social norms – a threat to the fabric of society, so to speak.

      A willingness to put the existing social order at risk is one way of thinking about certain types of historical change.

      China, India, and the Arab countries have remarkable cultures, and yet, for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years, their social orders were relatively static. Details changed, labels changed, but there was little really profound change in the structure of society.

      In China, India, and the Arab countries, there were never quite enough people willing to put the existing social order at risk. Without that critical mass, change in social institutions and norms was not deep and enduring.

      Around 1600, give or take 50 years, a willingness to put the social order at risk began, for whatever reasons, to reach critical mass in western Europe. Over the next 500 years, profound changes took place in western Europe and its offshoots. Many were quite painful, of course, and most (but not all) were probably for the best.

      In conclusion, I believe you are absolutely right. For the time being at least, it is a western thing.

  3. Thanks for that. It occurred to me that your first comment related to our Western tendency to project our own notions of progress on others. At the same time I fear that the reactionary extremists in Middle East would have us revert to a 9th Century ethic. Turkey strikes me as a place where there was a strong drive to change the social order — namely Ataturk. I keep resolving to read about Ataturk but so far I haven’t.

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