Fun guys, Iran’s mullahs. Unless you’re an Iranian woman. Or a female mannequin.
There is a large teachers strike underway in Iran these days, with the expected crackdown in swing as well.
I’m sure that you’ll be as surprised as I was to learn this: Iran’s Islam-based penal code strongly favors the rights of men over women.
• Girls are considered adults at age 9, can be tried as adults in a criminal court and are liable to receive the death penalty for murder. Boys become adults at 15.
• If a man and a woman are injured in an accident, the man gets double the punitive damages.
• Although the legal age of marriage for a girl is 13, a father can make her marry earlier with court permission.
If trends in Western marketing are any hint of the future, all of this and more are coming soon to a court or store near you.
Update: Iranian barbers have been warned against giving men “Western” haircuts.
Iranian police have warned barbers against offering Western-style hair cuts or plucking the eyebrows of their male customers, Iranian media said on Sunday.
The report by a reformist daily, later confirmed by an Iranian news agency, appeared to be another sign of the authorities cracking down on clothing and other fashion deemed to be against Islamic values.
“Western hair styles … have been banned,” the newspaper Etemad said in a frontpage headline…
Several hairdressers for men in Tehran offer cuts in the style of Hollywood movie stars and other Western celebrities. Clients can also have their eyebrows plucked.
The head of the barbers’ union, Mohammad Eftekharifard, said police had instructed it to “exercise specific regulations in barber shops that work under its supervision.”
Barbers who do not follow these rules might be closed down for a month and even lose their permits to operate, Etemad quoted him as saying.
Yeah, let’s sit down with the guys who are behind all of this and carve out a mutually beneficial plan for Iraq. What can go wrong?