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Old July 25th, 2007, 03:44 PM   #1
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Tehran fashion police tighten up

July 25, 2007



TEHRAN The young woman dressed to dazzle. In a bright violet coat framing an ornately embroidered top, she cut an elegant figure Tuesday as she walked through columns of sunshine in the capital's Mirdamad metro station.



But in addition to admiring glances, she caught the attention of government morality enforcers, who hurried after her.



"Madam!" one bearded young man in a police uniform called out. "While you were passing by I could see your body."



The young woman appeared stunned.



"It's your problem if you can see something underneath my clothes," she replied sarcastically. "It seems you have X-ray vision."



The young man, unimpressed, led the woman to the security office of the subway station, where she was detained for questioning.



Iran's nationwide crackdown on fashions deemed un-Islamic has resumed in full force this week, at least throughout the capital, having slowed in the late spring. Vice police have established checkpoints and are stopping women in cars or walking along the streets with too much hair spilling out of their mandatory head coverings, or wearing open-toed sandals without socks or overcoats deemed too revealing.



Men wearing tight T-shirts or boasting racy haircuts have also been targeted in a campaign to stamp out perceived Western cultural influences.



"The police will act against those whose trousers are too short, who have skintight coats, shirts with Western logos, and Western hairstyles," Ahmad Reza Radan, the head of Tehran's police force, said on Iranian television this week, according to the Associated Press. "We will ask those arrested where they bought their clothes and where they had their hair cut so those outlets can be closed down."



"Some young people, either intentionally or unknowingly, are walking advertisements for Western sexual deviancy and satanic cults," he told the Iranian Students News Agency.



Recently issued leaflets cautioned that young men in tight jeans, especially those with foreign designer labels, or sporting spiky haircuts would be targeted. So too would young women wearing contour-fitting jackets or "provocative colors," or those with locks of hair peeking out of their head scarves and brushing their shoulders.



The list also included exposed forearms, ankles and flashy makeup.



Those who vocally or physically resist authorities are typically hauled away, tried in court, fined or sentenced to a few weeks in jail. Minibuses to cart off detainees accompany the morality enforcers as they establish checkpoints in busy squares throughout the city.



More typically, offenders sign a document vowing to dress more modestly and abide by Islamic norms. If they're detained again, they may be jailed.



"The irony is that as long as a crackdown or enforcement of the code-of-dress law is seriously underway, we can see obedience," said Ali Kadkhodazadeh, a social scientist who writes for Iranian newspapers. "But as soon as they let up, the coiled spring jumps back even harder."



Tehran fashion police tighten up - Los Angeles Times
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Old July 25th, 2007, 03:55 PM   #2
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"Some young people, either intentionally or unknowingly, are walking advertisements for Western sexual deviancy and satanic cults," he told the Iranian Students News Agency.
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The list also included exposed forearms, ankles and flashy makeup.
So now exposed forearms and ankles are linked to satanic cults, and I always thought Dungeons and Dragons was a bit of a stretch.



-rolls up sleeves- Ahhhh, devil worship has never been this easy. No longer do I need to set up a pentagram and light up a bunch of candles. Now I can praise Satan by just wearing a T-shirt!
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So now exposed forearms and ankles are linked to satanic cults, and I always thought Dungeons and Dragons was a bit of a stretch.



-rolls up sleeves- Ahhhh, devil worship has never been this easy. No longer do I need to set up a pentagram and light up a bunch of candles. Now I can praise Satan by just wearing a T-shirt!


A few weeks in a Teheran jail will sort you out!
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A few weeks in a Teheran jail will sort you out!


Damn!



At least I haven't had a haircut in a while, that might garner a worse sentence...



The Judge: For your crimes against Allah, Islam, and our fashion police, you are hereby sentenced to a lifetime of wearing an itchy sweater, and you may never bathe again! Your eternal scratching will be a reminder to those who wish to dress in a semi-comfortable manner!
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Wow! Isn't this close to on the order of what happens here in the land of the free when women in Islam take public transportation in their ethnic garb?



So for any of us to critique their policy is somewhat like the pot calling the kettle black. Well at least maybe and imho...



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Wow! Isn't this close to on the order of what happens here in the land of the free when women in Islam take public transportation in their ethnic garb?



So for any of us to critique their policy is somewhat like the pot calling the kettle black. Well at least maybe and imho...



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Kind of, I mean we're not throwing them in jail and doling out fines. It's not really that close. Then again, those double-takes and glares don't really help.
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So now exposed forearms and ankles are linked to satanic cults, and I always thought Dungeons and Dragons was a bit of a stretch.


OMG ITS HARRY POTTER! -Gasp-
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OMG ITS HARRY POTTER! -Gasp-


AH HA! I knew there was something about that wizard... or is there...!



Urban Legends Reference Pages: Harry Potter Satanism



You can always count on some people to take things way, way too far.
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Wow! Isn't this close to on the order of what happens here in the land of the free when women in Islam take public transportation in their ethnic garb?



So for any of us to critique their policy is somewhat like the pot calling the kettle black. Well at least maybe and imho...



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Good point OD.. That said this damned "morality police" is a waste of resources, time and it is in complete contradiction of the edicts of Islam.



In Islam as i understand it, women are encouraged not to dress provocatively, but the onus falls on men to not look at women with "bad" intentions. in ANY case, people are told to CONTROL THEMSELVES. Nowhere is it written than the clerics are charged with controlling the population.. this is just another "right"m that they have hijacked for themselves.



However in most patriarchal societies this fact is conveniently forgotten. Somehow the bloody men place all the blame and responsibility on WOMEN because they ( the men) refuse to take responsibility for their libidos.



It is just sad and shameful that these men admit themselves to be incapable of controlling their carnal urges and thus WOMEN must be kept covered up.. apparently in these societies it takes only ONE to tango..



As far as the obsession with "western" influence goes, well that's just a weak and a clear indication of how out-of-touch the clerics are with the mood of the people.
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