Everything You Missed | The Weekly Roundup

Here’s what you missed this week:

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  • We all know Tehrangeles has it going on – Iranian restaurants, ice cream shops, cafes, and hookah bars. But who knew India has some of the oldest Iranian cafes around?
  • A story of Forgiveness and the most emotional story from the week: Iranian man spared from execution by the parents of the man he killed.
  • Speaking of eating, there is a fake Chipotle in Iran and it may looks better than the real one. Seriously.
  • Mohammad Ali Ziaei is the center of attention with his Iranian Caricatures (and even the non-Iranian ones).
  • Iranians invented math, ghormeh sabzi, and pajamas. You’re welcome world.
  • The clothing scene in Iran is transforming into a “hipper” style… and designers are making a splash all across social media.
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I’m Not Crazy Because I’m Persian

I love everything about being Persian and I feel like everyone else should love it too. So you can imagine my surprise when other people react to my Persian-ness with Oh you’re Persian? I hear Persian girls are crazy.  

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I usually meet those responses with a small laugh and a do you know any Persian girls? Either I want them to realize they know like one Persian girl or I’m shrugging it off.

Who gave the impression that Persian girls are crazy?

Persian girls aren’t crazy, we just hold people accountable for their actions.

I don’t know if it’s our upbringing (manners manners manners) or what – but when I look at my Persian friends (and myself), I feel like we all carry that no bullsh*t attitude pretty seriously.

And yes, I will admit that sometimes our response to bullsh*t is a few choice words (or slaps) directed at the wrong-doer. It’s for our own benefit really, our sanity - you need to know what/how we’re feeling.

Getting hurt already sucks, but when the other person doesn’t realize the significance of their actions – it’s frustrating.

rudeWhen it comes to relationships, I don’t actually believe that anything can be one person’s fault. (except maybe cheating… MAYBE). I just think that if a girl is getting “crazy,” it’s usually because it’s the guy/girl making her crazy. (this guy told me that – which proves this theory).

When I look at my past broken friendships or failed relationships, I don’t really know what happened. I know what I did wrong in some of those situations, but I don’t really know how the other person felt or what they wanted. And yes, when a person can’t be honest about their feelings or intentions – I guess you could say it makes me “crazy.” But if that’s crazy, then what’s normal? Not caring?

Ultimately…

If you think I’m crazy based on my race, I’m going to think you’re crazy for being stupid.

I’m just not sure if I buy the whole it’s a Persian girl thing. 

Are you crazy because you’re Persian?

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Iconic Iranian Caricatures

Mohammad Ali Ziaei

Caricature artist.

No one is off limits – Iranian artists and politicians, and certainly people in the wild wild west.

Major shout-out to ReorientMag for bringing this genius to our attention.

Hilarity ensues.

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Mohsen Namjoo.

Otherwise known as Iran’s “Bob Dylan,” he’s inspired by Blues, Rock, and Iranian folk music

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Hayedeh.

The Queen of Pop.

Sorry Britney… Madonna?

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Sadegh Hedayat.

Fearless writer — Iranian by heritage. Censored for life (and death).

Most(ish) known for The Blind Owl:

“I had no desire to touch her; the invisible beams that emanated from our bodies and mingled were sufficient for me. Isn’t this terrifying experience which seemed so familiar to met quite the same as the feelings of two lovers who feel that they have known each other before and that a mysterious relationship has previously existed between them? Was it possible that someone else could affect me?”

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Qajar Dynasty.

Enough said.

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Amir Abbas Hoveyda

Served as Iran’s Prime Minister from 1965 to 1977.

That flower looks like a …

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Iranian Revolution of 1979.

Perk up people. Why so mad?

On to more internationally known peeps…

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Gandhi.

Also known as Pixar’s latest creation.

And because you know how much Persians love fashion…

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Donatella Versace.

(Possible PSA against plastic surgery).

One more for the road…

rouh

President Rouhani

Check out more of Mohammad’s caricatures by clicking here.

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Which one’s your favorite? 

Iranian Cafes Also Found In… India?

You already know we’re obsessed with Persian food. (all food really). And obviously, the highest concentration of Iranian restaurants/cafes/hookah bars/etc. outside of Iran are in TEHRANGELES.

But what about the rest of the world?

We came across some “Irani cafes” located in Mumbai. Apparently a dying breed… :(

The rise of Persian immigrants to India in 18th and 19th century paved the way for these gems:

Britannia & Co.

Founded in 1923. Came from the bottom of the block, until it was one of the first to receive heritage status in the area.

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Farsizaban.tumblr.com

You know it’s for real when Queen Elizabeth visits the cafe.

bomanPlus it’s as packed as our grandmother’s sofreh at lunchtime.

One table open! Quick!

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Farsizaban.tumblr.com

Kyani & Co.

Founded in 1904. It may be an oldie, but apparently – it’s still a goodie.

Golden sponge cake? Fiery Ginger Biscuit? That’s okay.

It’s Persian if it’s baked in a “wood-fire oven.”

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If you’re craving watermelons… you know where to go – Kyani & Co.

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Of course we have to give a shout-out to…

Sassanian Boulangerie.

Named after the Sassanid Empire. Obviously. And established in 1913 – these cafes are probably older than you… and your parents.

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The best part of this cafe: the writings on the wall. Photos of Iranian historical monuments decorate the walls.

REPRESENT.

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Check out more Irani cafes in Mumbai by clicking here.

What are your favorite Iranian cafes OUTSIDE of Iran? Drop us a line!

Growing Up With Special Needs

Every Persian parent’s dream is to have their child become a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. But what happens when you already know that there is little chance of that happening? It’s often devastating for parents to receive news that their child has some sort of special needs.

Special needs come in various forms: autism, epilepsy, down syndrome, etc. Some people’s special needs are more visible than others and many are high-functioning (those are the people many often name-call as “slow” or “weird”). There are some who even fall through the cracks; their special needs go undetected.

In any culture, parents tend to refuse to acknowledge their child’s problems in hopes of it magically disappearing. Either that, or…

marry them off when they’re a bit older

(I’ve seriously seen that happen).

Growing up, I have been surrounded by Middle Eastern families who have had a child with special needs. We knew a family whose son had something as simple as ADHD, but his parents were too afraid to put him on medication. After getting kicked out of a series of schools, he fell into a group of not-so-good-kids and became addicted to prescription pills. This addiction took him years to recover. It was only after their son had fallen into deep trouble, that his family finally intervened, then ended up sending him overseas to marry and start a family.

I also know plenty of students whose grades have dropped, simply because their parents refused to put them on medication or were “too tired” to help them with homework. This attitude is prominent among especially Middle Eastern families.

We indirectly blame people with special needs for something that is beyond their control.

girlIn Middle Eastern culture, there is this sense of “shame” if you have to take medication or see a therapist for whatever reason.

My sister was diagnosed with epilepsy as a small child; my parents were shocked. She used to have seizures and his behavior is a few years behind most girls her age. She sometimes laughs uncontrollably and says things that don’t make a lot of sense and are, sometimes, cringe-worthy.

When she tried out for the basketball team, 13 girls tried out; 12 made it. The only person not picked was the girl with special needs. We often deal with people being either discriminatory or unnecessarily over-accommodating to the point that it’s embarrassing. I was always jealous when I saw sisters sharing secrets and doing activities together; I felt that I could never connect to my sister.

The mental gap was wider than our five-year age difference.

My family didn’t play the bullshit game of “ignore it and it will go away”; they invested in extracurricular activities along with therapy in order for her to learn and grow. I decided that it was up to me what kind of relationship we wanted to have. I started attending her sports games and attempting conversation inside the home. I stood guard when possible, if I felt that she was being made fun of.

She is now in a top position for the girls’ sports team and sometimes the boys’ team. She has dreams of finishing her education and pursuing a career.

Although I do not know the feeling of having children, I know one thing should be for sure: You love and support your child, no matter how they were born.

I am still learning how to be “friends” rather than housemates with my sister. When your parents die, your siblings are what you have left. I want to be close with my sister even when I am older.

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20 Things Every Persian Girl Should Own

Don’t talk to me about style , cause ill mothaf**** embarass you.

- said every Persian girl everywhere (and Kanye)

Regardless of your style, take a moment and think of adding some of these pieces if they’re missing from your life.

Fitted Black Blazer

marant black blazer

 

Dark Wash Jeans

j brand jeans

J Brand was made for Persian girl thighs

 

Black Jumpsuit

black jumpsuit

For the fat days, or when you don’t want to shave your legs.

Little White Dress

white dress

Blouse that means business

blouse silk

An Outfit to meet the parents

printed dress

aren’t you the nicest girl he’s ever dated.

An Outfit to get wild in

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Ooo, killem.

Black Closed Toe Pumps

SAINT LAURENT HEELS

for when open-toe is too sexy

A Real Leather Jacket

leather jacket

Say bye to pleather.

Converse Sneakers

converseProves why you’re not like other Persian girls.

A Chic “Palto” (jacket)

coat

I like my coats like I like my Camels.

One Purse that has multiple functions

structured bag

School, Work, Play, Repeat.

Sweatpants you can pass off as real pants

helmut sweats

Get serious about Mehmooni Dinner attire.

One Swimsuit to rule them all

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Statement Bling

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Red Lipstick

red lipstick

 

The Holy Trinity of makeup

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Frizz Tamer

kerastase

 

Cheaper Alternative: L’Oreal Hair Serum

 

Hair Tamer

t3 dryer

After many failed purchases, I’ve been converted to the $250 dryer. #fml

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Something naughty

bra

 

Was it too much black on black on black? What would you add? 

 

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Does “One Size Fit All” in Relationships?

A friend of mine from college got engaged about two years ago and recently broke up with her fiancée. Of course, the entire thing was made public on Facebook, right from when they first started dating until her relationship status announced “single” and all their pictures together disappeared from her profile.

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A few weeks ago, I noticed that almost everything she posts now is all about the pride of being single. So in a single day you get about 10 variations of posts like “30 Good Reasons Why You Should Wait Until You’re 30 to Get Married” or “Why Being Single is Great.”

Then, just last week, on her birthday she posted a status explaining that of all her birthday wishes, she was disappointed that many people said things like “hopefully next year you’ll spend your birthday with your husband.”

This, she said…

contributed to women’s lack of motivation and dependence. They need to know that life is not about ‘a man’ who comes and makes all your wishes come true and your life complete! They need to understand that there’s so much more to life.

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The questions here are: If I wish to spend my next birthday with my husband…

does this make me a ‘dependent’, frail woman with no sound directions in life despite my career?

And does acknowledging the importance of a man in my life mean that I don’t know the importance of other things like family, friends or my job?

You see, one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to relationships- hell when it comes to anything- is the idea that…

one size fits all.

My issue here is not that this girl thinks being single is great, it’s that she is trying to impose the notion that women who seek or wish for marriage are just brainwashed by patriarchy and don’t know any better.

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If we are going to talk about patriarchy, there is a completely different tone and set of questions to ask.

We need to stop making generalizations

…and claiming that one size fits all when it comes to our experiences and relationships.

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Iranian Artists Graffiti My Heart

We love art. Especially when art is sharing a forbidden message. An ode to our favorite graffiti artists  (and a special introduction to someone new): 

ICY AND SOT.

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Stencil artist born in Tabriz, Iran… and now they’re addressing social global issues around the world through their work in cities like LA, Chicago, New Orleans, and their new home base: BROOKLYN - without fear of being charged with…

SATANISM.

Manhattan, NY

Manhattan, NY

Their signature stencil: the walking boy. Which ICY and SOT use to represent the children of Iran, trying to remain children despite the fact that their innocence is tested everyday.

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Tabriz, Iran

ICY and SOT:

Most of our work is about the experiences we’ve had, but our work is not just about Iran; it’s global.”

Bronx, NY

Bronx, NY

To these incredible artists, what doesn’t kill you only makes you strongerAnd we’re so grateful that your art will continue and will undoubtedly speak to many generations of Iranians… and Americans. 

Make Art Not War

Make Art Not War

These artists scream peace, love, war, hate, hope, despair, children, human rights…

Tabriz, Iran

Tabriz, Iran

Also, they really nailed the Persian/hipster look… and we’re down with it.

Brothers ICY and SOT. Photo credit: Vanity Fair

Brothers ICY and SOT. Photo credit: Vanity Fair

We’re not done…

Introducing: TATYANA FAZLALIZADEH.

Her latest project is all about female empowerment: 

“Stop Telling Women to Smile.”

Deanna, Chicago, 2013

Deanna, Chicago, 2013

This project strives to address gender based street harassment and consists of portraits of women who share their untold stories of harassment with everyone – even if they don’t care to listen.

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She’s half Black and half Iranian. And she’s not afraid to share what’s on her mind.

The Roots Mural

The Roots Mural

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I Love and Hate Dating White Boys

I really try not to discriminate: Asian, Black, Mexican, Persian obviously, and Sefeed - you name it, I’ve tried it. And as much as I prefer Persian, you have to work with what you’re surrounded with. Especially on the east coast… which is 90% white.

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Looking back at my dating history with white guys, I’ve come to realize that there are certain things I really love about dating them… and some things I just can’t stand. And somehow it’s all interchangeable… 

Hate: They can’t speak Farsi. This mostly bothers me because…

there are some things you just can’t translate into English.

Like khak to saret. You know, those fighting words that really drive your point in an argument. “A**hole” doesn’t carry the same weight as some choice words in Farsi. Alternatively, what’s the English version of “ghorboonet beram?” 

Love: They can’t speak Farsi. Leaving plenty of room for secret conversations right in front of them… since they can’t understand. I know it’s mean, but mostly helpful when you want to fill in your friend about the sex last night and he’s not leaving the room.

smileHate: Dating someone outside of your culture requires you to be a teacher 24/7. Why does your mom burn that herb? (esphand). Sometimes, I don’t want to have to explain the quirks (aka normalcy) of my family…

Sometimes I just want to be with someone who isn’t continuously thinking that my family is weird.

Because they’re not. And esphand is a necessity.

Love: Dating someone outside of your culture also allows you to share a new experience with them. And let’s be real, those experiences are pretty memorable. Dancing at a mehmooni? And, sometimes you learn something new from them too. I would’ve never known shuffleboard was a real game if it hadn’t been for some white guy forcing me to play.

Love: They know how to plan a romantic date. Walk along the beach, stroll through the DC monuments late at night, hold your hand in a scary movie.

dateHate: At the end of the day, Persian guys know all the Persian girl standards/tendencies (mostly) without you having to spell it out for them. And white guys don’t. That’s just reality.

Every Persian girl expects some variation of princess whether they like to admit it or not.

Hate: Tarof. You cannot Tarof with white people period. They do not understand what Tarof is.

Love: You learn how to stop Tarof’ing (to an extent). 

And finally, I hate the generalizations that are made of Persians when white guys have one Irooni girl under their belt. As if, we are all the same. But I guess my hatred towards their generalizations makes this post the most hypocritical one ever.

I’m not sorry.

Do you have a different experience with dating white guys?

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Persian Food Gone Rogue

 We love our Fessenjoon (duh). Ghormeh Sabzi. Chelo kabob. Gheymeh. Kotlet… and this list really could go on forever.

Nothing beats Persian food.

Some people love a little creativity in their lives, and we support that.

Did someone order a Ghormeh Sabzi sushi role?

Or maybe the Ghormeh Sabzi pizza. Substitute a little polo with bread and cheese… and you get this:

Who knew Ghormeh Sabzi could be so versatile?

pizA little Fessenjoon pizza?

Source: My Jerusalem Kitchen (sorry).

Source: My Jerusalem Kitchen (sorry).

Personally, we think Americans really need to start adding KETCHUP to their pizzas… one day.

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Persian pizza: check. Where’s the Ketchup?

This one might be a little blurry, but if the pizza fails you, at least you can have Chelo Kabob TACOS with a pinch of rice and a tortilla bread.

We have to wonder whether the stick of butter is still used for the rice. Could this be a healthier option?

persian And don’t worry, you have options. The Persian Taco Trio:

(1). Chicken with Yogurt Marinate (aka mast)

(2). Abgoosht Lamb Taco

(3). Vegetarian Kofta Kabob….

Our moms would probably not approve of the vegetarian option.

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Source: Culinary Trends

Not down with the taco? Kabob Burgers.

Come to mama.

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Who isn’t open to a little food experimentation?

We can’t help but feel a little thankful that a Fessenjoon hot dog doesn’t exist… yet. But gotta give props to the fusion persuasion.

Are you down for a Ghormeh Sabzi Sushi Roll? Let us know!

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