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In Iran, some take off their hijabs as hard-liners push back

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By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMAD NASIRI

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Blaming women for increased crime if they don’t cover their heads?

It’s laughable but so sad.

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Repugnant.

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"Attitudes have changed. In 1980, two-thirds believed women should wear hijabs. Today, fewer than 45% approve of government intervention in the issue, the research said."

Good.

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They have called for harsh punishment, even lashes, arguing that allowing women to show their hair leads to moral decay and the disintegration of families.

Blame women redux.

In the culture I come from many blame a woman who ate an apple in the long, long ago - that probably never was - for our collective problems.

Why so many men, especially men who identify as 'conservative' (which includes fundamentalist extremists) these days continue to fear women is something I'll never understand. I guess some men can't handle the notion of equality. Is that because equality means they're not superior?

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Oppressed Iranian women want to throw off their symbols of oppression. In the West, the Left is seeking to legitimize and normalize these same symbols of oppression. Go figure.

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Blaming women for increased crime if they don’t cover their heads? It’s laughable but so sad.

Is it? When women all cover their hair I believe the hair becomes much more sexualized than we usually think of it. And if that sounds crazy how many guys claim to be strongly attracted to redheads or blondes? And other body hair got pretty sexualized in Japan for being pixelated. For all I know, the hair could be as sexualized as breasts are to Americans. And look how Americans freak out over breast-feeding in public. Now imagine if a huge swath of American women decided to go topless everywhere. What would Americans say? How would they react? Would there be an upsurge of women complaining of sexual assaults and harassment? I think there would be. And I think the police would so swamped they would be begging American women to cover up.

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All these stupid rules for women made by insecure men more than 1,400 year ago.

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I believe the hijab isn't even mentioned in the Quran.

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I believe the hijab isn't even mentioned in the Quran.

I don't think it is either, but the concept of women covering their heads is from the Old Testament. The rest is, I believe, cultural. Which in such sunny places with lots of desert around should come as no surprise.

This is why I object to calling it religious clothing. That makes about as much sense as calling blue jeans religious clothing because they cover what a fig leaf would have.

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Has anybody noticed what the Catholic nuns wear in the Vatican? What do the Mormons wear, what does the Pope wear? What do the Jews wear?  About time they all modernised!

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All these stupid rules for women made by insecure men more than 1,400 year ago.

Men and women have both had a hand in rules directed at women. For women it may usually start as fashion, but they too start enforcing it as a dress code. Sometimes its an issue of older women seeking to diminish the attractiveness of younger women whom they can disenfranchise with their political power.

And I pity someone who does not comprehend the difficulties of living 1,400 years ago and all the things men had to do to protect women from rapist bandits and enemy nations.

Further women today are also targeted for rape based on their appearance. Women are directed to cover up just about everywhere. This is just one more piece of cloth in addition to the cloth they are required to cover their breasts, butt and groin while the enforcers of those scarcely bat an eye about their own "insecurity" toward women who did not cover up enough.

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