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Views of Gender in Persepolis

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One of the major issues in Persepolis is how the views and expectations of women changed in revolutionary Iran as author Marjane Satrapi grew up there. The contrast between the more "liberal" views of her parents and the "conservative" ones of the people like Marji's schoolteacher shows the importance of cultural perspective when it comes to looking at gender. People forget that when coming to understand gender and gender roles in society, you also must consider other factors, such as culture and class. Gender does not exist on its own. Gender exists within an individual, but the roles that come with it exist around the individual. It is important to remember that, when studying gender, one cannot do so effectively looking exclusively through their own cultural lens. It is important to understand gender and gender roles throughout many different cultures.