Category Archive: veil

May 31 2012

The veil is yet another restriction on women

I’ve been meaning to comment on a recent article in the Guardian (surprise, surprise) about how wonderfully liberating the hijab is and am glad I was reminded of it today. The author, Nadiya Takolia, says: …in a society where a woman’s value seems focused on her sexual charms, some wear it explicitly as a feminist …

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Apr 22 2012

Hoodie and hijab are not the same

A few days ago, Adele Wilde-Blavatsky wrote ‘To Be Anti-Racist Is To Be Feminist: The Hoodie and the Hijab Are Not Equals‘ on The Feminist Wire. In response, 77 feminists wrote an open letter accusing Adele of racism and Islamophobia (surprise, surprise). Both Adele’s original article and the open letter are no longer available on …

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Apr 21 2012

Hejab helps vaccinate the disease that is women


Here’s another must-see sign. It says: ‘The veil is protection’. The word in Persian which I have translated into ‘protection’ and which has been helpfully translated on the sign itself as ‘security’ is actually used to describe immunisations. Basically, we women are diseases that need to be immunised with a nice big black veil that  covers …

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Jan 20 2012

You look gorgeous today, dear

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Dec 13 2011

The hijab feels hot but hell is hotter!

The HijabiBengaliSisters have made a video called ‘I Hate the Hijab!’ where they respond to reasons given for not wearing the veil. Of course they go out of their way to say that their aim is not to put pressure on unveiled ‘sisters’ but they merely want to help Muslim (and non-Muslim) women dress more …

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Dec 01 2011

I say burn the veil

The wonderful atheist Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy has called on men to veil in solidarity with women. Men in Iran have done this before as well [see featured photo - man's T-shirt says: down with patriarchy]. The veil’s oppressive; it’s a form of control. Rather than having men wear it too, we need to …

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Nov 28 2011

Apply Universal Olympic Principles!

One Law for All calls for the implementation, without exception, of the Olympic Charter based on universal principles.

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Nov 28 2011

Anyone looking for a job?

The women’s basij group (the Islamic regime of Iran’s paramilitary militia) has trained 52,000 ‘experts’ to ‘promote chastity and veiling’ in the society. Maybe some of those ‘progressives’ who so love the hejab can join the women’s basij as they are also looking to create an Institute for chastity and veiling and a group of …

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Nov 25 2011

You don’t have a bra on!

Here’s an interview with Elham who was recently stopped by the security forces in Iran on her dress code. This time, however, she wasn’t stopped for improper veiling but because she wasn’t wearing a bra!

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Nov 24 2011

New 5 by 5 anti-veil movement in Iran

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Today is the beginning of the anti-hejab 5 by 5 movement in Iran. As of today, every Thursday (Thursday is panjshnabeh in Persian and has a 5 in its name) at 5pm women will unveil for 5 seconds in the Iranian cities of Tehran, Mashad and Shiraz.

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Nov 19 2011

Forget breasts, cover those tempting eyes!


The Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (yes, it’s really their name), can order women with ‘tempting’ eyes to cover them up.

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Nov 14 2011

The hijab is not cultural, it’s compulsory!

Have you noticed how they are always able to ‘compromise’ when it comes to women’s rights? Well at least that’s what they call it. According to FIFA, the Football Federation, the hijab is cultural, thereby allowing the Islamic Republic of Iran’s women footballers to participate in the Olympics.

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