Censorship today is still a highly controversial topic which many people are for and many are against. Some argue that censorship is oppression. Oppression is one of the key themes in the memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran, and censorship is a pivotal component of the Iranian society.

Censorship keeps you oblivious from what you have not experienced, the censored.

I came across the following article titled “Censorship is Oppression”. Although the article not entirely relates to the memoir, it raised some very interesting ideas about censorship. There are many different types of censorship, such as moral, military, political, religious and corporate censorship. The article referred back to Adolf Hitler’s time and gave examples of how his ministry was responsible for censoring all opposing points of view and controlling the message that would be shared with the public. It also goes on to say “It (censorship) has been used by countless governments to silence and control public opinion.” (Monks, The daily Campus). In the memoir the ban on the books is a form of censorship, literature what offers exposure to the other side of the world and their ideas and costumes is not tolerated by the Iranian society. The banning of western literature is a way of making sure that their society conforms to their ways and is not exposed to other ideas. This article provokes an important question, is censorship really a form of oppression.
(http://www.dailycampus.com/2.7438/censorship-is-oppression-1.1071805 )

The following is a picture of women in vials. They are for the most part covered from head to toe; this practice is a religious one. However have you ever considered this as a type or censorship?


In the memoir the women wear vials to cover up; can this not be a form of censorship? The women are censoring themselves from society. The vial censors the women’s beauty from the men and even from each other. It censors their individualism. In the memoir Nafisi talks about the two photographs that she had taken with the girls from her book club. One was in their veils and in the other they had taken them off. “Only they have taken off their coverings. Splashes of color separate one from the next. Each has become distinct through the color and style of her clothes, the color and length of her hair” (Nafisi, 4). The other photograph is almost the censored version of the second. It may not be obvious but can this not be a form of censorship?

“Censorship”n.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov 2010 http://www.karinsbooknook.com/?attachment_id=2628
Monks, Matt. “ Censorship is Oppression” The Daily Campus. N.p., 5 March 2003: n.p. Web 29 Nov. 2010 (http://www.dailycampus.com/2.7438/censorship-is-oppression-1.1071805 )
Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran. New York: Randomhouse, 2003 . Print.
“Women in veils- Censorship” n.p., n.d.Web. 29 Nov 2010 http://thewestislamandsharia.blogspot.com/2010/10/lefts-pro-burqa-problem.html