What’s Current: #MeToo hits Iran as women speak up about artist, Aydin Aghdashloo

  • Iranian women are having their own #MeToo moment, challenging in a country where public discussions of sexuality are taboo, spurred by women reporting that a prominent Canadian-Iranian artist, Aydin Aghdashloo, has used his fame to destroy the careers of women artists who rejected his advances.
  • A man stabbed a woman at a UK bus stop after making unwanted sexual advances towards her.
  • Three men in India threw a 15-year-old girl off a balcony after making unwanted sexual advances towards her.
  • A village in Punjab, India, has buried a six-year-old girl who was raped, murdered, and burned, and a grandfather and grandson have been arrested in connection to the crime.
  • An Australian survey by the anti-violence group, White Ribbon, showed that 42 per cent of men between the ages of 18-34 didn’t recognize hitting or coercing women as domestic abuse, and that younger women were less likely than older women to recognize abuse.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.