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Not Without My Daughter

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Betty Mahmoody's account of her time in Iran is not only full of gross factual inaccuracies but also blatant racism and xenophobia that made the reading experience hard to stomach. It never came to that, thank goodness, but films like Not Without My Daughter fascinated my grandparents, mom, brother and I. Moody's attitude toward Betty also changed: He forced her to abide by increasingly strict Iranian customs; he lied to her; he claimed that she was lying whenever she complained; he ignored her and their daughter for days at a time; he even blinded himself to the oppression of women in Iran. The people who helped here were the only kind people in the story, never focusing on family members who were understanding or not out-right evil.

but to americans, the picture of a women in a headscarve is just not "frightening" enough to sell to its stupid sheep audience, so they use the veil cause it looks exotic and foriegn.

On my second reading I couldn’t help wondering how damaging a book like this is/was to Iranian society. I have no idea if these accounts are 100% factual as some reviewers refute, but the descriptive world in which this story is told makes for an intense and unsettling read.

In August 1984, Michigan housewife Betty Mahmoody accompanied her husband to his native Iran for a two-week vacation that turned into a permanent stay.A hair-raising escape brought her and Mahtob back to the US, where they now live under assumed names, fearful of Moody.

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