Iranian men don headscarf to challenge strict veil law
Iranian men are sharing photos of themselves wearing the hijab on social media to show solidarity with a campaign protesting the country’s compulsory veil law.
Key points:Iranian women required to cover their hair in publicJournalist Masih Alinejad challenging law with My Stealthy Freedom campaignShared posts say campaign encourages men to “see how it feels”
In 2014, Iranian political journalist Masih Alinejad created a Facebook page asking women to share photos of themselves standing in public places with their hair completely exposed.
In an interview with Radio National last year, Ms Alinejad said the My Stealthy Freedom page was one of the only avenues through which women could speak out.
“In Iran there are millions of women who are forced to wear hijab, but the only way they can say no to compulsory hijab is through social media,” she said.
“So that’s why they send their pictures and their notes and express themselves, and show to the rest of the world that this is another face of Iran which you never see.”
But in recent weeks, the campaign has changed tack, with men now posting photos of themselves wearing the hijab to show solidarity with the cause.
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“I am wearing hijab only for a few moments to understand how my wife feels about having to wear it on a daily basis,” one post reads.
“We are a father and a son. My heart aches for the injustice that my spouse, my mother, and my sisters have been suffering from,” another says.
Ms Alinejad, Cheap Adidas Nmd City Pack Sao Paulo WMS Primeknit Unisex White Blue Malaysia who is now based in New York, told the ABC that women wanted men to understand how it felt to wear the headscarf.
“Nike Air Zoom All Out 878671-600 Women Rose Red Black Malaysia Sale our lives we’ve been forced to live like this. For so many Nike Air Max 2017 Disu Men Black Gray Factory Outlet Malaysia, I think it looks natural because they’ve gotten used to seeing us in compulsory hijab. But for us, for women, it is an insult when you force us to be something else,” she said.
One of the hundreds of photos posted on My Stealthy Freedom calls for men to “see how it really feels”.
“If certain men want to force women to wear the veil, or if they want to make decisions on behalf of women in our society, why don’t they try the veil on themselves” another says.
“If these men were in our shoes, I don’t think any of them would be smiling under the shackles of obligation.”
There is no punishment for a man wearing the hijab but it is seen as “unmanly”, Ms Alinejad said.
“[Being ‘unmanly’] is regarded as offensive. And what the meninhijab are doing are challenging the traditions and the oppressive laws by openly mocking them,” she said.
‘We are not against hijab’Ms Alinejad, who said she had been described by the Iranian Government as a “prostitute” for speaking out about the country’s veil law, said she was not against the hijab.