am the publisher of Gowanus, an international online magazine for
in and from the developing world. I have had a very hard time
reaching writers in Islamic cultures and thought perhaps you
might be of help.
you be willing to take a quick look at the publication
(www.gowanusbooks.com) and perhaps suggest further contacts for
me to use to reach writers in Iran and elsewhere, if appropriate?
you very much, and congratulations on your own contribution to
in the world.
came across your website address while reading about the Iranian
people starting to really get on the internet. Being the noisy
person I am I had to go to your site and look.
am a 61 year-old American man, and have been a staunch supporter
of women’s rights for many, many years. Long before it became
popular. I am so happy to see that the women of Iran have such a
site to speak for them and their basic human rights, and not just
the women of Iran but for all women in all areas of the Middle
East. Once again "GOOD FOR YOU", and all of the best in
all of your endeavors.
Thank you very much for providing this newsletter and for
providing some access to the world of Iranian women to those of
us who speak only English. Could you tell us what the
following sentence means? Ma
mokhles-e shoma hasteem.
reading the Times article about your site, I decided to e-mail
you to encourage you to continue your project, as if you
need any more encouragement.
ago I prepared myself to teach Persian Language and Literature in
an American university, lived in Iran many years, studied at The
University of Tehran in the early '70's, and later obtained an
advanced degree in our interest from The University of
Pennsylvania. The Revolution dissuaded me from academia
because I knew in 1977 that Iran would change, and that the
American Government would cut off funding for Persian Language
programs. Both of these events have come to pass, but I
still read Persian daily and maintain contact with local Iranian
friends who keep my spoken Persian warmed up. Because of
their cutting off of funding, it is no wonder that the Feds
cannot find people like me to help them out (they don't
trust me because I lived in Iran!). Not too long ago it was
considered anti-Semitic to teach Persian and Arabic at certain
American universities; Americans never cease to amaze me in
the felicity to take up questionable causes.
I am retired, should you need the assistance of someone like
myself, I am ready.
have just been browsing through your website and there are a few
points that I wanted to mention.
congratulations. I think that you did a very good job.
Iran needs such forums to give voice to so many women who
are being trampled on everyday. I am in no way a
champion of women's rights (I tease too much) but I do care
about PEOPLE. So it is nice to see someone taking action.
rest of this is just my opinion, but you may see a
techno-marketing slant on all of this because that's my job.
means different things to different people. A website
called a "feminist newsletter" is being heavily
typecasted. This may put off some of the audience you are
trying to reach. My impression of your site is not
consistent with my impression of a feminist newsletter, so maybe
you are not doing your website justice. Just because you
speak of women's rights doesn't make you a feminist.
Women's rights are Human Rights, not a feminism issue.
point is that your website is visually BORING. It’s a
jumble of words that would only be interesting to the
interested. If you want to draw in new interest you have to
make it more visually stimulating, break the text down, add more
levels to your site. Remember, you don't have a lot of
time, before you know it your audience has moved on to another
I read your response page and laughed my ass of. Desperate
men are easy prey for such cutting remarks. But I bet that it
won't stop them from trying.