Published 20th June Women in Iran are pretty much banned from attending football matches and other sporting events. Female footie fans who try to attend sporting events in the Islamic Republic face arrest and prison. Iran bans women from attending men's sporting events and breaking the rules could result in arrest, fines or even imprisonment. Smiling and waving flags, these were scenes which for decades have been impossible in Iran. They will be allowed to watch the game on the screen after World Cup fever took over in Tehran.
Conservative Cleric Calls Iran's Veiling Policy Wrong-Headed share See comments Print A conservative Iranian cleric has sharply criticized enforcement of the obligation for women to wear the Islamic head scarf, or hijab, since the revolution and the creation of Iran's Islamic republic. For more than three decades, Iranian clerics and officials --mostly men -- have praised the purported benefits of the hijab while employing punishment, including violence, to force women to fully cover their hair and body in public. As a result, tens of thousands of women have been harassed physically and verbally, detained, or forced to pay fines for noncompliance with the state-imposed dress code. Enforcement usually intensifies during the hot months of summer, when hard-liners frequently call for more action against women who are pushing the boundaries by showing more hair and wearing tighter and shorter coats. Hojatoleslam Mohammad Reza Zaeri, a former editor of the popular Hamshahri daily, agrees with his conservative fellows that hijab is a "value" that they claim keeps society safe. But he acknowledges what critics have long argued: Speaking last week on the compulsory hijab at a seminary in Qom, conservative home to many of Iran's senior clerics, Zaeri was quoted by Iranian news sites as saying:
Iranian girls flock to World Cup – while back home they are BANNED from stadiums
Share via Email Hymenoplasty , the operation through which a woman's virginity is restored, is a surprisingly hot topic on Iranian weblogs. Vaginal reconstruction is a popular operation throughout the Middle East and among expatriate Middle Easterners of all religious backgrounds. The operation itself has been performed for centuries in a culture where girls are expected to be virgin on the wedding night. Traditionally, a groom's avowal that the young bride was not a virgin could cause great scandal. In the Jewish Austrian physician Jacob Polak , who worked for the royal court in Iran, reported that some grooms used this tactic to extort a larger dowry from the bride's family.
Unmarried couples who date or engage in hand-holding can find themselves on the wrong side of the law. They share the cost of groceries; they split the rent. But in Iran, where Islamic teachings are woven into all aspects of life, theirs is a delicate — and illegal — arrangement: They are not married.
I suppose it's not a club you'd want to be part of anyway. I know these backwards piners for the good old days all too well. There are definitely plenty of things to miss from times past but they choose to miss the worst of what we once were as a species.