When I traveled to Iran, I thought I was psychologically prepared to wear the Muslim dress for women- the hijab. I never wore a chador,but, I had to wear a coat-like garment called a manteau and a head scarf. Shortly, I began to feel such resentment and dehumanization. This system is so perverted to my Western sensiblities. It's as if the religious authorities that have imposed this system see women as pornographic and as big, walking, talking genitalia so obscene that she must be covered up to uphold decency standards. It was very difficult for me and as soom as we got on the airplane at the Tehran airport, I pulled off that scarf with such relief. Of course the Islamic Republic abuses women sexually. There entire outlook towards women is undeniably perverted.
I was discussing with my husband the theory that if someone from an Islamic country wants to immigrate to the U.S., if they continue to have the wives wear the hijab, they should not be given any visa extension and forced out of the country. My in-laws visit the U.S. and as soon as they leave Iranian air-space my mother-in-law removes her head scarf and leaves it off the whole time she is here. Immigrants who refuse to adopt Western manners will not be good citizens, I argue. My husband was a little hesitant to make such a blanket statement, but, he has never had to wear one of those get-ups and hide his natural self. Most Iranian immigrants wouldn't dream of covering his wife up here and assimilate far better than say Saudis. The hijab is a dehumanizing, offensive practice which is only a small window into the perverted rot of the mullahocracy.
Iranians unlike most Arabs have a strong prejudice against the veil. It's extremely rare to find an Iranian wearing the veil outside of Iran.