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Josh Shahryar

Josh Shahryar

Guest Blogger

Josh Shahryar is a reporter and analyst for EA WorldView, covering foreign policy and human rights. His work has also appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Beast, and PBS Frontline’s "Tehran Bureau." You can follow him on Twitter: @jshahryar.

Articles

The topsy-turvy world of men who oppose anti-violence campaigns

The topsy-turvy world of men who oppose anti-violence campaigns

By — July 23, 2013
At the start of this year, my friend and WMC’s Women Under Siege director, Lauren Wolfe, started a Twitter hashtag, #2013EndRape, to highlight the epidemic of sexualized violence against women. While the hashtag has seen success, one of the unintended consequences has been its trolling and attacks on it by various “Men’s Rights Activists.” more »
How media can help stop rape

How media can help stop rape

By — March 27, 2013
With the verdict in on the Steubenville rape, we are now confronted with yet another case involving two 13-year-old girls in Torrington, Conn., who say they were sexually assaulted by three young men. Presumably, the media will say these boys had a “bright future” ahead of them just as it said of the Steubenville boys. And just as in Steubenville, I expect the mainstream media to play the same game it always does—ignoring the victim and focusing entirely on how this will impact the lives of the rapists. more »
Redefining the rapist: The line between ‘nice’ and wrong

Redefining the rapist: The line between ‘nice’ and wrong

By — December 20, 2012
It takes a lot to make me angry. My patience is so legendary, this one time a partner couldn’t take it anymore and threw a chair at me for not getting angry at her for something she’d done. On Tuesday, however, something really got to me. more »
It’s not what women wear, it’s how we treat them: Revisiting the hijab

It’s not what women wear, it’s how we treat them: Revisiting the hijab

By — October 15, 2012
In September, I wrote a piece for WMC’s Women Under Siege about the hijab, or headscarf, and sexual assault against women in conservative Muslim societies. I chronicled the experiences of my sister Neelo, who experienced sharp harassment as a young girl while wearing a hijab in Pakistan. The premise of the piece was simple enough. more »
The myth of how the hijab protects women against sexual assault

The myth of how the hijab protects women against sexual assault

By — September 6, 2012
I was only 6 years old when my family was forced to flee the civil war in Afghanistan for Pakistan in the late 1980s. My sister, Neelo, who is five years older than me, was enrolled in a Saudi-funded Muslim Brotherhood-inspired public school for Afghan refugees. She, like many Muslim women, wore a simple headscarf. more »
Afghan women face horrors for ‘moral crimes’

Afghan women face horrors for ‘moral crimes’

By — April 23, 2012
A cab driver abducted Marya, 15. He and another man raped her. Tahmina, 18, was trying to find the boy she liked in the hopes of escaping domestic violence and forced marriage. Two men she didn't know found her instead. They raped her. Malalai invited the guy she was seeing over to her house when she was alone, but he proved to be a mistake and raped her. more »