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On Sunday evening, every single bar I passed on New York’s Second Avenue was packed with both women and men, screaming at the top of their lungs and cheering for the USA in their World Cup match against Portugal. According to CNN, similar scenes were scattered across Iran this past Saturday. Restaurants were packed with fans - both women and men - who were excitedly cheering on their country’s team in the nail-biting match against ... Read More
Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad calls selfies "private moments of freedom." This statement is universal, but in a country where Facebook is illegal it takes on a whole new meaning. Many of us take our freedoms for granted: ubiquitous social media, being free to let our hair down without fearing for our lives. All women in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Yemen, even non-Muslim women (including visitors) must cover their heads, or they risk facing punishment.But many of ... Read More
Nina Siahkali Moradi, a 27-year-old architecture graduate student, recently won a seat on the Qazvin, Iran, City Council. Moradi received 10,000 votes, making her the fourteenth most popular of the 163 candidates that ran.  However, the electoral candidate has been barred from taking her seat because of her good looks. Yep, I’m not making this stuff up; she was disqualified because of her looks. Here we go again with more sexist crap. Let’s ... Read More
Here’s a Facebook page that’s worth liking: The Kurd Men for Equality campaign. Kurdish men in Iran started the campaign in response to what they believed to be misogyny in a local court case. A man who was convicted of domestic abuse was forced to parade the streets in a dress and hijab, the traditional women’s clothing, as public humiliation. To express their disapproval of the judge’s degradation of women, local men began posting ... Read More
Though some viewers thought that Michelle Obama’s moment on the Oscars was exciting, show-stopping, or (at the very least) innocent enough, there were many others who expressed outrage at her appearance. In Iran, the network Fars News photoshopped the First Lady into a more modest ensemble, adding sleeves and a higher neckline to her Naeem Khan gown.  An Iranian woman appearing on state TV must wear a hijab that covers her arms, legs, and hair. Men must ... Read More
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