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Behind Bars: Suntanned Women To Be Jailed in Iran

Behind Bars: Suntanned Women To Be Jailed in Iran

Promiscuous women cause earthquakes. Suntanned women deserve jail time.

You’d think I was making this stuff up, but sadly I’m not.

In an effort to enforce the highly conservative values of Iranian law – like women being covered from head to toe – religious and now police officials are cracking down on women’s behavior.

Tehran police chief, Brig Hossien Sajedinia, has expressed concern over “suntanned women and young girls who look like walking mannequins.”

“The public expects us to act firmly and swiftly if we see any social misbehavior by women, and men, who defy our Islamic values,” he said.”We are not going to tolerate this situation and will first warn those found in this manner and then arrest and imprison them.”

National law requires women to wear headscarves and shape shrouding cloaks, but Islamic leadership argue that many women, particularly those in the capital, are defying the law and apparently in doing so they are not only getting tans, but causing earthquakes.

Islam leaders often intensify their scrutiny over women’s dress in the summers when women are found breaking dress codes to escape the oppressive heat. With the sun beating down all day and temperatures in the mid-90s, being covered from head to toe at all times is incredibly uncomfortable.

Do women deserve arrest and imprisonment for simply trying to escape the heat? Should women be sequestered indoors because of the strict dress codes inflicted on them?

I certainly think not.

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Photo: SIPA/REX FEATURES - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/7639728/Suntanned-women-to-be-arrested-under-Islamic-dress-code.html 

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6:22PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

May I say this is a topic I don't think belongs be on this site

6:20PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Devien Roy

You just said what I was trying to say. But you said it better. I am also Canadian.

6:17PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

AS a woman I am thankful I don't live is such oppressed countries.
I don't beleive in women being controlled like that in any shape of form.

But if that is the rule of their country, they have the choice to abide by it or not, but arrested, that is a bit much.

I don't think any other county than my own has any right to make rules for me Then most I don't abide by when it comes to my personal life.That is just my personal view and it bothers me that women are treated as such, as a piece of dirt.
But I don't think any faith has a right to try and shove their faith onto me as I would not do to them. Or any one tell me what I eat is wrong. We are all individuals in each country with our own ways of life. People should respect what another country's laws and religion is and leave it to that.

Simply meaning, leave others alone in other countries and leave us alone and we all get on with our own ways and not push it on to anothers. Respect for others I beleive it is called

5:14PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Hmmm I just got blamed for posting this article which I did not
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I just got this message : I suggest you check who the author is befor you make such comments to a person's private box


Moab Musings says
Mar 2, 2011 2:23 AM
havn't you got something better to write about ....

2:23AM PST on Mar 2, 2011

havn't you got something better to write about ....

11:06AM PDT on Jul 30, 2010

There has to be some middle ground between condemning such medieval prejudices and injustices against women with petitions and news stories and just nuking these backward countries. I don't buy the excuse that "tolerating cultural differences" is the answer. Mexico abolished slavery in 1829. Instead of "tolerating the rights" of Anglo settlers in Texas who rebelled because they didn't want to free their slaves, General Santa Anna invaded and tried to put down the rebellion. But because of the American battle casualties at Goliad and the Alamo, this has been omitted in American History books and the Generalissimo has been demonized in Texas mythology ever since. NOW, was Mexico right not to tolerate slavery within its (then) borders? Or, should Santa Anna, four times Presidente of his country, have just accepted it as "cultural differences"?

9:25PM PDT on Jul 29, 2010

Megan and Marilyn, Thank you for your comments.Marilyn, I agree we need to ask ourselves what right we have to judge the culture of other countries. North Americans (I'm from Canada) view other cultures through a eurocentric lens. We hold our systems and institutions up as the unquestionable model of being and compare other cultures values to it in formulating judgements. Firstly, our systems and institutions are far from having no flaws and should not be idealised as THE model. Secondly,why do we think other cultures must automaticaly conform to our way and our beliefs? If we stopped judging long enough to educate ourselves we might just learn a few things that would benefit our culture. Having said that, there are certain issues that are Universal and have a clear right and wrong regardless of place, time, or culture. ( Megan, I hope you don't mind my echoing you, here?) Paramount among these is the right to dominion over one's own body and the right to practice this dominion without fear of reprisal or harm.
I do not have the right, nor is it my place to judge weather a woman should wear a burka.
Yet, it is my responsibility to support her right to make that decision for herself.

3:00PM PDT on Jul 29, 2010

I personally would not like to live under such laws, but I do not think it would be proper for me to comment on what other countries should and should not do. I guess it begs the question--Doesn't America have more than it's fair share of controversy and hypocrisy involving political leaders and law enforcement officers represent- ing primarily the elite and getting caught with their drawers in hand. I don't see why it is good to disparage another countries way of life, even if we may not agree with it.

2:59PM PDT on Jul 29, 2010

I personally would not like to live under such laws, but I do not think it would be proper for me to comment on what other countries should and should not do. I guess it begs the question--Doesn't America have more than it's fair share of controversy and hypocrisy involving political leaders and law enforcement officers represent- ing primarily the elite and getting caught with their draws in hand. I don't see why it is good to disparage another countries way of life, even if we may not agree with it.

4:59PM PDT on Jul 9, 2010

Remember the movie Alien? Big mother laying eggs.
I see all kinds in incubation in Iran boys.
Last lady I rember that sticks out was a little girl with blood pulsing from her chest from some coward sniper.
We remember. Iran.
Punk regimes like that eventually wither or are devoured from within.

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