Their numbers are increasing as divorce becomes more common and more women attend universities, exposing them to careers and incomes independent of men who, by law and custom, are supposed to be their guardians.
That is a profound generational shift in a society of 80 million whose theocracy preaches that a woman’s main purpose in life is to be a wife and mother.
Me, Esme, and her sister camping in the Northern forests. I LAY IN MY SLEEPING BAG, the cold barely kept at bay.
I had entered Iran during the depths of winter and was beginning to wonder if this had been a mistake.
It had taken four days of hitchhiking to get to Tehran and I was still getting used to a country where I had yet to see another backpacker.
I had accepted that backpacking Iran was going to be a very different experience to traveling in any other country I had visited before.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)Now 35, Azadi has moved to a more genteel part of town but still lives by herself.
I expected to have to keep my head down, and to abstain from sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. So I turned to Tinder, curious to see if any local girls would be online. Esme told me of her adventures backpacking in the Philippines, of her career as a vet, of her hopes that a softening of laws and attitudes is coming to Iran.(Vahid Salemi / Associated Press) Nina and Ahmad have lived happily together in their small one-bedroom apartment for years.They share the cost of groceries; they split the rent.The fist category are ‘religions’ families who believed that their sons or daughters should not have any relationships before marriage.Sometimes this category also is refereed to as ‘traditional’ family.I lingered, unsure what to do, aware of the many people around us and the police just across the street, before thinking ‘fuck it’ and pulling her into an alleyway for a cheeky kiss.