عنوان مقاله [English]
This article focuses on Ayatollah Khamenei's books, positions, speeches, to extract and analyze its discursive nodes in prescribing employment for women, as well as its perceived limits. This discourse is revealed to carry common features as well as essential differences even contradictions with the western feminism. The present study is based on his third model of womanhood, and methodologically uses discourse analysis with the approach of Laclau and Moff (2001).The results indicate that in Ayatollah Khamenei's view, women's employment is not only reprehensible; rather, it is necessary for the development of Islamic society. The major extracted themes argues for the simultaneous development of women at the individual, family, and social levels. As it is expected to maintain women's health, dignity, and honor. The balance of family roles and social imagery is also of high priority. The enumerated discourse reflects the lack of originality of modern and individualistic logic of mere gender equality, which form the basis of feminist and Western views.