Irony: Ahmadinejad speaks out for women’s rights at UN General Assembly

During his disgraceful speech to the UN General Assembly this morning, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took a brief break from railing against Zionists and Jews and calling for Israel’s destruction to draw attention to women’s rights. No, seriously. The murderous despot wants the world to know about the value he places on women, and he lamented the mistreatment women have suffered at the hands of “the powerful and the wealthy”:

The irony of Ahmadinejad’s professed concern for the women of the world wasn’t lost on Twitterers, who graciously offered a much-needed reality check:

Ahmadinejad also failed to remark on the Iranian government severely restricting women’s ability to pursue higher education:

More than 30 universities have introduced new rules banning female students from almost 80 different degree courses.

These include a bewildering variety of subjects from engineering, nuclear physics and computer science, to English literature, archaeology and business.

“The Iranian government is using various initiatives… to restrict women’s access to education, to stop them being active in society, and to return them to the home,” [Nobel Prize winning lawyer Shirin Ebadi] told the BBC.

Additionally, since Ahmadinejad won stole reelection in 2009, at least 57 women journalists and bloggers have been arrested and imprisoned.

But he really feels for oppressed women. Just not the ones who were asking for it by, you know, having dreams and aspirations and the desire to free themselves from their “sublime” subservient roles. Those women don’t count.


  • Rashied Rushing

    That’s A-Jad!

  • PistolsForPandas

    Neda Agha-Soltan could not be reached for comment.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    I saw a Rick Steves travel episode, when he went to Iran. There was a sign in the airport in Tehran, that read: “Respected ladies, please observe the Islamic dress code”. I highly doubt that if the men in Iran disrespected women and their rights, that sign wouldn’t be anywhere in any place in any part of Iran. People need to realize, that women in Iran cover themselves for their own safety. What that says about the men of Iran, I don’t know, but I do know that the one Iranian gentleman I’ve had contact with, even though he was subordinate to me, was the picture of civility, politeness and respect.

    Also, I’ve done some little bit of research on the history of Israel, which I felt needed to be done when I started reading my Bible, and let’s just say, I love God’s chosen people, but the State of Israel is not all it’s reported to be. All it takes is a little diligent research, and you’ll see why Ahmedinijad feels the way he does about ‘Zionists’.

    • Lisa

      They have so much respect for the women that they don’t want them to worry their pretty little heads about education or having an opinion about something.

      Your statement is basically saying that women shouldn’t dress that way or else the men there think they “deserve” what they get. Something a lot of women heard (or still do?) about rape in Americica. If a woman is born pretty and incites lust in a man to the point where he can’t control himself it is somehow her fault and not a failing in him. Nice attitude to espouse.

      • Armando

        That’s the idea that they want to push here, with their “legitimate rape” argument.

        • Ginger

          One idiot used that term and while he spoke poorly his intent was to distinguish between violent, forced rape and statutory rape, which is generally consented to.

  • Sheldon Cooper

    Not to mention all the young girls and women who are imprisoned, raped and executed in Iran on a daily basis. Does this moron think we’re stupid?

  • Rick Bowser

    Ahmadinejad speaks out for Women’s rights….uh, yeah… and Hitler lobbied for better housing and for bigger, nicer synagogues for the Jews!