Though we in the West often perceive them this way because the hijab and the chador are all we see on the surface, women in Iran are stronger collectively and more assertive individually than the Islamic Republic would have us believe.
The assumption in the blog post that Iranian women are oppressed is a no-brainer, but it would have been great to see at least a little evidence.
Mastering a Japanese martial art, especially one popularly associated with fearless lone warriors, might hold a certain appeal to Iranian women who have watched their government struggle for decades to weaken them. Learning nunjutsu is not going to undo Iran's medieval gender restrictions, of course, but it sends a message about their futility.
The article is basically "Look! Cultures! There are differences but there are also similarities. I read about Iran on wikipedia! These girls are ninjas!"
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