Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Called 'Prostitute' for Defense of Iranian Woman Under Death Sentence

Beyond the Veil| The Iranian newspaper Kayhan has directly called French First Lady Carla Bruni a prostitute after Carla Bruni Sarkozy voiced her support to save the life of 43-year-old mother of two, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

Both French President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni have voiced support for sparing the life of Ashtiani, originally sentenced to stoning, but now changed to capital punishment.

There were several marches in France over the weekend in support of the Iranian woman convicted of adultery and then planning the murder of her husband.

It’s common for hard-liner fundamentalists of every religion to call women ‘prostitutes’ when criticizing their behavior, although the Kayhan Carla Bruni attacks were specifically directed to her past lifestyle.

Reading the headline about calling Carla Bruni Sarkozy a ‘prostitute’ reminds us of the Lubna Hussein 2009 case in Sudan. Lubna Hussein now lives in Paris, but when she made her way into court in Khartoum, facing 500 lashes for wearing pants, the most conservative men of the city shouted ‘prostitute’ to Lubna and her female supporters.

In America, the terms tends to be ‘slut’ not ‘prostitute’. When we want to discredit a woman, we call her a ‘slut’. Read Anne’s feminist musings on calling women ‘postitutes’ and other games played by the world’s patriarchal, self-appointed morality squads.

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