On September 13, an Iranian called Masha Amin, A 22-year-old of Kurdish ethnicity, he traveled to Tehran with his brother. As he left the metro entrance, he was attacked by the ethics police and Arrested for not following dress code Provisions for women in the country since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. their crime? wearing the wrong scarf (That a single lock of hair is discovered is enough to be reprimanded with fine, jail and/or whipping). Her brother begins a pilgrimage through all the police stations of the capital to find her and visit her once, in the hope that she is released after a re-education session, to which ‘bad’ women are subjected. was. Finally, alerted by the cries of a group of warners how they had killed just one woman, The police informed him that his sister had suffered a heart attack and was admitted to the hospital. There, marks of blows and bruises were found on Masha’s head and limbs; He was brain dead and died after being in a coma for three days. The medical staff fired the girl in an emotional video in which they are seen laying flowers on her dead body.
in Iran, Four crore women and girls have to cover their hair with hijab from the age of seven. Some cultures and religions associate hair with passion and require women to hide it, as many nuns still do. This sexual character of hair, especially in the case of women, is culturally seen in color (distorted brunette or flawless blonde…), texture (while curls seem rebellious; straight one is seen as submissive.. .), long hair (long hair is synonymous with youthfulness and loneliness and very rarely calls for rebellion) or even hairstyle (in the wind, freedom and updated, modesty). Not only do Iranian morality police control that they wear headscarves, dress in loose pieces that blur their feminine bodies or don’t wear excessive makeup; Any man on the street has the right to slap them or call them a prostitute for ‘wearing obscene clothes’. But despite the harsh retaliation, many Iranian women have dared to remove the veil over the years. Most of them have ended up in exile or serving up to 24 years in prison, as well as lawyers who try to help or defend them. In 2017, a campaign called ‘White Wednesday’ that encouraged Iranian women to upload bare-headed photos in public places went viral. But after the death of Amini, the protests that took place and spread in different cities of the country went further. In recent days, despite restrictions on Internet access imposed by the Iranian regime, We have seen women lighting their veils in temporary bonfires In the streets or getting a haircut. They are not only young; This is especially true when older people, even if they wear a veil, argue for their presence as no woman should wear a compulsory hijab. Demonstrations, which have involved many men, have been violently broken out and dozens of deaths have been recorded.
Meanwhile, at the UN General Assembly held in New York this week, Iran’s President Ibrahim Raisi accused Western governments of having “double standards” when assessing women’s rights in their respective countries and the Islamic Republic. Hours later, Raisi poses as a CNN reporter as she refuses to cover herself with a scarf in front of her…
Although many are still interested presenting the adornment of the body as something frivolous and frivolous, Clothes This has never been a minor issue. Clothing is an instrument of power that is as valid as any other and can be used to oppress evil (oppress), but can also be used to promote good (liberate us). Presenting what happened in Iran as a debate in favor or against the curtain is as difficult as it is ridiculous and in a certain way leads to the silence of a significant section of society who normally say yes or no. Considers the option of no as incompatible. And it covers all situations. Because it is neither about criminalizing any clothes, nor about veils. There is another issue to be addressed: a commitment to Freedom of expression means freedom of clothing. And in these, depending on the place and the moment, feminism sometimes needs to protect beauty or get rid of it. To see feminine freedom in the use of the veil, it is not only demanded that the choice be personal and voluntary, it is also believed that the decision to respect or not to respect the stylistic tradition is a matter of obligation (moral or social). reason) but that the choice be conscious and careful because without that relevant knowledge it will continue to preserve tax character.
You This rule works for veils, but also for heels, necklines, garlands, or miniskirts. There is no contradiction if one takes into account that the objective pursued is not to divine or demonize a piece of clothing or style but to protect the right of each to freedom of expression (clothing). In other words, and as Chilean became an anthem a few years ago: “The fault was not mine, neither was where I was or how I dressed. The rapist was you.” And we should never let the thick veil run in it.