Bikinis In Iran

Inspired by my Mother, who wore bikinis in Iran


The cross-eyed selfie is the closest thing I have to a headshot, sorry. I’m not an actress.

Welcome to my tiny corner of the web. My name is Rachel, and I was born in San Francisco about five months after my mother fled from Iran with me in her belly, which she did just before the Islamic Revolution took place.

She is Armenian, Christian and was born and raised in Tehran.

My father was an American, so I’m only half-Armenian, but it is my mother who raised me, so that’s the half that inspired this blog. I’ve always had an interest in the country my mother came from, so the recent protests across Iran are of particular interest along with other related topics.

I did not start this blog only to discuss Iran, but because western governments, the media, and even liberal activists groups have chosen to be all but silent about basically anything that might paint Islam or Islamic law (Sharia) in a negative light.

They do this in what appears to be an attempt to normalize things that should not be normalized. Something is wrong when our feminist movement here in America is being led by a woman who openly advocates for sharia law.

Something is wrong when a Canadian PM loves to snap selfies in mosques more than he loves to ban ISIS fighters from returning to his country.

Something is very wrong when people in England are being arrested for social media posts that criticize Islam, and journalists from America and Canada are blocked entry to the U.K. because they ‘might’ criticize Islam.

We are seeing the left label anyone who dares to question or criticize Islam as being “racist”, even though of course, it is not a race, but an ideology, and one that is not specific to any one country or ethnicity in this world.

Ex-Muslim activists such as Anni Cyrus and Ayaan Hirsi Ali have even been slammed as ‘bigots’, and they are women from Iran and Somalia respectively, who lived under sharia law themselves. That even they are not safe to discuss this should show you where we are right now in terms of free speech being in serious danger.

We need to stop being afraid to talk about this for fear of being called names, and I’d like to do that. I hope that you will choose to do that, too.

My approach will never be one that seeks to alienate individuals for their faith, because the problem does not lie in what God or prophet a person believes in. The problem lies in certain laws, practices and policies which bring great harm to people. Only in uniting together against things that violate human rights, women’s rights and every person’s basic freedom, can we do anything to change it. It will take all of us, regardless our faith, nationality or background to join and talk about these issues because none of us can do this alone.

So, let’s talk about it, in hopefully a constructive and responsible manner.

American values and western culture may actually depend on all of us being willing to.








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