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Asa: I Hope Jessica Deals With the Real Issue

Asa Soltan Rahmati talks about her creative process and what was going through her mind during the dinner.

By Asa Soltan Rahmati Were you happy with how your performance art turned out?

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Asa Soltan Rahmati: I'm very passionate about my convictions, and I believe that we need to be part of the change we want to see in the world. #ImEveryWoman is about woman’s right to choose. And this is not just a Middle Eastern issue, it's a human rights issue. My project focused on the right to choose about veiling, but it's a greater dialogue for all women’s right everywhere and the issues that we need to deal with.  For example in our society, women receive fewer wages for the exact same job as men, simply because they are women. That's wrong in my eyes. Especially because most of those women are most likely single moms trying to make a living for their kids on their own.

Asa's Veiled Performance Art What were you hoping to get out of the reconciliation dinner?

ASR: I walked into the dinner with an open heart open mind because Mike and I (I thought) had agreed to work on our friendship. The dinner was the polar opposite from this. What was going through your mind during the confrontation with Jessica?

ASR: At first I let Jessica use me as punching bag, because I knew she was hurt and I was hoping she'd process her anger through this, even though the hurt was not at all about me. But then I realized after a while that she was only there to point fingers, be rude, and scold, so I was done. Talking about "I don't give a f--- if you swore on your mom’s grave," she was very rude. I hope she deals with the real issue.

Asa and Jessica Have It Out
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