Men in Iran are wearing hijabs in solidarity with their wives who are forced to cover their hair

Jul 31, 2016

By Heather Saul

Men in Iran are wearing hijabs in a display of solidarity with women across the country who are forced to cover their heads in public.

Wearing a headscarf is strictly enforced by so-called ‘morality police’ in Iran and has been since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Women who do not wear a hijab or are deemed to be wearing ‘bad hijab’ by having some of their hair showing face punishments ranging from fines to imprisonment.

State-funded adverts appearing on billboards in Iran present those who do not cover their hair as spoiled and dishonourable. Women are also told that by not complying, they are putting themselves at risk of unwanted sexual advances from men.


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5 comments on “Men in Iran are wearing hijabs in solidarity with their wives who are forced to cover their hair

  • “Women are also told that by not complying, they are putting themselves at risk of unwanted sexual advances from men.”

    This is blaming the victim. A credible woman on this topic is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who states words to the effect:
    Since we would not allow this abuse to continue against our little blonde girls, why do we allow this abuse to continue out of religious respect for Islam?

    and Sam Harris states words to the effect:
    Science can prove that those woman and girls deserve better than life in a cloth bag.

    As a woman, I would not want to wear anything that interferes with my senses. A year round head wrap would make me too hot, limit my ability to hear clearly, and provides an attacker a ready garotte.

    Get rid of all religion and I wonder if people would not become more productive with their minds in family and community, instead of wasting their minds on mythology.



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  • Good idea! Freud was right about the significance of hair to especially sexually repressed men. The Middle Ages had similar obsessive ideas about hair and, as the last refuges of bigotry, some churches and synagogues still do demand that women cover their heads. Parallel meme evolution?

    If visible hair makes these ‘men’ lose control where do they spend time on the worldwide web? Hair adverts must be doing a lot of damage.

    A fragile religion.

    With a god who is unable to extract his own vengeance for affronts.
    With a faith so weak that it can bear no criticism.
    With male believers so weak minded they are unable to control themselves.
    With beliefs so emotionally barren that music, dancing and visual arts present a threat.
    With certainty so lacking that the faithful need reinforcing 5 times a day
    and

    Without love.

    …and that doesn’t even consider the famous islamic sense of humour.



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  • I see the proposed Burkini-only-day has been cancelled in France after protests!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37026002
    A waterpark near the French city of Marseille has cancelled a day booked by Muslim women to wear “burkinis”, the all-over swimming garment.

    A statement made by the waterpark said the decision had been taken to preserve public order which was being endangered by “extreme ideological positions”.

    The “burkini day” was intended only for women wanting to wear the garment.

    But it was criticised by conservative politicians who argued it contravened legally-enshrined secular values.

    Event Organisers Smile 13 had said that the event, scheduled for 10 September, was for women wearing an all-over body suit that covered from the chest to the knees. The group had made clear that two-piece swimming costumes would not be allowed.



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