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The Gender Line

Teahouses are segregated between men and women. And even though we had all the proper papers and permits, and had ordered tea, we were asked to leave. Repeatedly, shop owners told us they didn't want the interaction between an American woman and the men in their establishment. It would be trouble for us if the police came in and saw you, they would explain. This self-policing was omnipresent. In our hotel lobby one evening I interviewed and photographed a group of Yazd University students, who all spoke English and even had a Persian/English electronic dictionary to aid them. But, the hotel management called the male interpreter in our clan to get out of bed and come be my escort. Again, we were told "there would be trouble if the police came." This photo of this jolly group of men was made in the teahouse in Isfahan's Khaju Bridge, built in 1650.







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