When I was twenty-two, having never visited any other country except Dubai for a couple of weeks, I left Iran for good. My only understanding of life outside was what I had seen on TV and in movies. Eight years later, having lived in Arizona and Washington DC, now I can look back on the society that formed me. I can reflect on what was normal where I grew up, and what was not. By the time I left, I believed Iran’s national history and culture to be rich and beautiful, and I had already intuited that they were under siege by the regime in power.
The Soul of Man Under Iranian Repression
Only after fleeing Iran have I been able to perceive my home clearly, and what disturbs me the most are not the political or economic issues there but the social and sexual ones.