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Allow Women to Choose Whether to Wear a Hijab or Not!

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Women should have the right to choose what they wear! Allow the women of Iran the freedom to take off their hijabs! Sign and share!


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Stan B (123)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 12:30 am
I totally agree Sorina.

. (0)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 12:50 am
S&N. Thankyou, Sorina.

Animae C (508)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 1:34 am
AniMaeChi, your signature was added to the petition!
2.384 signatures

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 2:12 am
There is also a Facebook Page where courageous Iranian Women post photos of themselves WITHOUT their Hijabs {mandatory Head Coverings}, often with their Hijabs floating behind them like flags! And flowing hair and lovely smiles - Courageous because they could get ARRESTED for this!

HOORAY FOR THE RESISTANCE! There ALWAYS is a Resistance where there is Oppression... however long it takes to succeed.....

Giana Peranio Paz (398)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 2:13 am
Noted and signed thanks Sorina.

Karen Kersten Chestney (112)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 2:25 am

Petition signed and sent to Twitter and Facebook for additional signatures....Thanks

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 2:38 am
This is a relevant Care2 News Item:
"Six Arrested for being 'Happy' in Tehran.

Actually, they were arrested for DANCING to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.
This is an INTERNET PHENOMENON that has spread from country to country -
groups of dancers in various cities make Videos dancing to that song.
Can be seen on YouTube.
Usually they dance in the street, or in front of landmarks or pretty scenery...
There have been Videos now from LOTS of countries. This has been going on for at least several weeks.
Several Iranian laws were broken here, things Young People are just not allowed to do, like take off their hijabs, dance in mixed company...

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 2:50 am
Re-posted in the Feminist Group on Care2, "Half the Sky".

Women living under Islam are NOT by any means "slaves", not in their MINDS, anyway. MOST have a pretty clear idea that there are Women living with less restrictions, and they KNOW that the same is possible for them. There are all SORTS of forms of Resistance. We don't hear about them, first because much of it is necessarily "underground" - and, second, because the Media CHOOSE NOT TO TELL US. You have to read OTHER Media such as MS Magazine and "alternative" newspapers, and occasionally, books come out on this topic. But you have to watch for them. {NY Times Review of Books is good.}
The Media don't tell us what's REALLY going on, because the Media like to stir up the prejudices leading to WAR FEVER, to justify U.S. INVASIONS. These Invasions don't "help" Women one bit, do NOTHING to "liberate" Women, in fact, always make their situation MUCH WORSE... as War ALWAYS DOES, for everybody, except for the wealthy manufacturers of war materiel...

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 3:49 am
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Women should have the right to choose what they wear! Allow the women of Iran the freedom to take off their hijabs! Sign and share! ‪#‎freehappyiranians‬ ‪#‎nohijab‬ ‪#‎iran‬

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 4:40 am
Unable to sign--it says 404 page not found?? will try again. Thx Sorina

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 12:25 pm
Some background is useful:
In response to a post on the thread under another article, that said things used to be different in Iran, freer as far as clothing was concerned:
Iran under the Shah was far more Secular and less religious. Women could dress like Western women if they wanted to.
Unfortunately, the Shah of Iran was a STOOGE of the Western powers, his Secret Police kept him in power with great cruelty and fear - and apparently, the last straw was when he spent millions glorifying himself in a huge "anniversary celebration" that the country couldn't afford, while there was massive poverty among the people.

Apparently the only force that was strong enough to withstand the Secret Police and the oppression, was the Muslim religion, strong in the rural countryside and centered in the mosques. The Ayatollah Khomenei, as you might remember, was a Religious leader who came back from exile.

That is why, when the Revolution finally came - it was inevitable that SOMETHING had to give - when it finally came, it took a FUNDAMENTALIST RELIGIOUS turn. The Shah and his Secret Police had eliminated, or driven into exile, ALL Secular opposition! {With the great help of the U.S. of course! and our CIA co-operating with SAVAK, the Secret Police, all the way.... which of course made the U.S. very "beloved" in that country.... NOT!}

So now they got rid of the Shah, which is great - but are stuck with a Fundamentalist Religious government, which is NOT what many of them, especially Young People, Students and Women, were hoping for!
There are books you can read about this transition and its effects on people.
The Young People have NOT GIVEN UP HOPE, and are STILL in various ways, keeping alive what they think the Revolution SHOULD have been about... a Democratic Iran is what they wanted under the despicable Stooge Shah, and what they still aim for.... of course this all has to be UNDERGROUND now, as it was under the Shah.

It is plain WRONG to think of ALL Muslims as some sort of benighted Dark Ages creatures. They are not ALL Fundamentalists! Besides which, NOT ALL IRANIANS ARE EVEN MUSLIMS - altho they are forced by the Fundamentalists to observe the same rules, of dress, etc. Some Iranians are Zoroastrians, Christians, and other religions..

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 12:35 pm
Iranian Women are required to wear the Hijab, covering ALL their hair {too sexy!}, and besides that, to wear a long black close-fitting coat called a Chador, whenever they go out in public.

Iranian Women today, REMEMBER when they were allowed THE SAME FREEDOM OF DRESS THAT WE HAVE, not-so-long-ago; or their Mothers, Grandmothers and Older Sisters remember it, if the younger Women don't...
So, except in the countryside among the peasants, this is NOT a "tradition" in Iran. Again, only among SOME rural people... It is the TYRANNY of the Fundamentalists that have ruled the country since the overthrow of the Shah.
You can bet that the Iranian Women are just SEETHING about this... they daringly show a little bit of hair by pulling their Hijabs back, that's an ACT OF RESISTANCE, however slight... and, as you can see from their Website, Iranian Women are prepared to do MUCH MORE...

P A (117)
Thursday May 22, 2014, 11:49 pm
404 error - page not found. Sorry.

Patricia Martinez (63)
Friday May 23, 2014, 5:45 am

I found the same thing. 404 Page not found. This is probably considered Islamophobic and censored.


Past Member (0)
Friday May 23, 2014, 8:05 am
Yop. Probably they download the petition...

Gillian M (218)
Friday May 23, 2014, 12:39 pm
Care2 have just shown how pathetic and biased they are, no petition.

Yet they claim to be unbiased and certainly allow anti-Semitic petitions and stories.

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Friday May 23, 2014, 1:26 pm
I don't know what is wrong, but when I click the link it tells me the page is not found.

There are too many people who are misinterpreting the Koran, and making pronouncements on what is allowed and what isn't based on mis-reading and misunderstandings.

Patricia Martinez (63)
Friday May 23, 2014, 1:40 pm

Actually, people are starting to read and understand the Koran and how totalitarian and fascist it is. The true misunderstanderers are usually the ones that don't know that all of the kind, tolerant verses in the Koran were abrogated by the vast majority of Islamic schools in the world.

This petition disappearing most likely because it threatened some of those in power is just one more tiny example of Islamic tyranny that suppresses the truth about itself in our media, government, schools and politics.

Women are murdered, doused with acid, beaten up till their faces are mashed in in many countries if they dare to refuse to wear the hijab or whatever other Islamic garments are worn in that particular countries. Try explaining to all the "misunderstanderer" men who do this sort of thing and agree that it should be done, who live in Islamic theocracies.


jan b (5)
Friday May 23, 2014, 1:54 pm
kudos to those women standing up for themselves in IRAN's the only way. We need to stand up in the USA when a Report in THE LANCET states --the USA ranks 60th out of 180 countries for maternal deaths....... so if women are to put their lives on the line..... it should be a woman's CHOICE only if she wants to try to produce a potential human being from an egg/ fetus and no legislation saying she should or shouldn't,

Gillian M (218)
Friday May 23, 2014, 3:46 pm
Lindsay, men tell women to wear hijabs and even tiny baby girls. The men have no self control and blame women for everything. It is about control and women who believe that they are choosing are not really.

Women have no rights in Islam and that is clearly and simply stated in the Koran.

Sheila D (194)
Friday May 23, 2014, 7:03 pm
Castrate the men...then they won't have to think about their sexual urges, and won't need mistresses either. Maybe the men should be told to wear the hijabs instead.

Shil O (0)
Saturday May 24, 2014, 12:11 am
Firstly,women are less intelligent and are allowed to be beaten so the change would have to be with the Mohammedan mindset -- Good luck with that .

Shil O (0)
Saturday May 24, 2014, 12:51 am
"‘We, the undersigned, who are a group of student Muslim brothers and sisters, ask the cultural and media branch of the judiciary to prosecute Leyla Hatami for her sinful act of kissing a strange man in public, which according to article 638 of Islamic Criminal Justice carries a prison sentence,’ the petition read.

‘Furthermore, the action of this film star has hurt the religious sentiments of the proud and martyrs breeding nation of Iran and as such we also demand the punishment of flogging for her as stipulated in the law.’

We need more Persians and less Mohammedans in this world

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 24, 2014, 5:34 am
404 error - page not found.

pam w (139)
Saturday May 24, 2014, 8:21 am
The petition is need to look for it.

Unfortunately, Muslim women are CONDITIONED from birth to accept the idea of wearing drapes and bags to preserve men's comfort. It's like FGM...women raise women who will be obedient and docile. Where you and I might wish to see them walking free of drapery, WE don't have to live with the consequences.
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