February 5, 2017
Criticizing the “hypocrisy” of feminists, an Iranian women’s rights activist says Western media outlets will report on a Barbie doll wearing a headscarf, but avoid devoting coverage to real-life women forced to wear one, for fear of being accused of “Islamophobia.”
Masih Alinejad told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Iranian women have lived in fear since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, but now the government is starting to fear them.
Alinejad several years ago began an online campaign against the compulsory wearing of Islamic headscarves (hijab), a campaign that now appears to be taking on its own momentum on the streets of Iran.
At least 29 people have reportedly been arrested in Tehran for protesting the forced wearing of the hijab. In recent protests reported on social media, women have removed their headscarves, attached them to sticks, and waved them on public streets. Some men have joined them.
This article was posted: Monday, February 5, 2018 at 8:02 am