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I grew up as a woman in Iran after the Islamic revolution. Wearing a mask in a pandemic is not a form of tyrannical oppression

Posted On: 30 May 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

I grew up as a woman in Iran after the Islamic revolution. Wearing a mask in a pandemic is not a form of tyrannical oppression

The benefits of wearing a mask during the pandemic are numerous, but some Americans have refused, arguing that doing so amounts to tyranny.
Growing up in the shadow of the Islamic revolution in Iran, I know firsthand what tyranny looks like, and watching people complain about masks feels surreal.
As a US citizen, I vow to protect the precious freedom of expression that was denied to me in Iran, but I refuse to defend the right to infect others during a deadly pandemic.
There are plenty of injustices worth fighting against, but shopping at Trader Joe's with a mask isn't one of them.
This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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I grew up in Iran in the aftermath of Islamic revolution, when freedom of thought and expression were abruptly restricted, especially for women. In a matter of weeks, half the population became second-class citizens.
The new government forced us to cover our hair. We had to sit at the back of the bus, and...

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