Tag Archive: veil

May 31 2014

A female earthquake by “stealth”


My editorial in May issue of Fitnah’s “Unveiled” (Full Issue available here) Tehranˈs Interim Friday Prayers Leader Hojjatoeslam Kazem Sedighi recently said: “In certain towns and cities, some have been seen to have removed their headscarves. This lack of hijab has infiltrated homes via internet and satellite TV…” Hadi Sharifi, a “media activist” interviewed by Tasnim, a state-run …

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Dec 03 2013

We should not abandon secularism


WE SHOULD NOT ABANDON SECULARISM Unveiled: A Publication of Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation December 2013, Volume 1, Issue 3 Editor: Maryam Namazie. Design: Kiran Opal The publication is available here. PDF version available for download. URGENT ACTION: REJECT SEX SEGREGATION IT’S 2013. LET’S NOT TIME TRAVEL Universities UK (UUK) guidance to universities on …

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Nov 13 2013

Unveiled: Neither Veil nor Submission

Fitnah’s November issue of Unveiled (Volume 1, Issue 2) has now been published and can be found here: fitnah-UNVEILED-nov13. editor: Maryam Namazie design by: Kiran Opal Content includes: The veil is nothing but the flag of the Muslim far-right, An interview with Algerian sociologist Marieme Helie Lucas. In this must-read interview, Marieme Helie Lucas says: “If we …

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Apr 04 2013

You just don’t get it!

A group of women have set up a Facebook page called Muslim women against FEMEN…. Muslimah Pride Day. They just don’t get it (or obviously choose not to). On a day that has been set aside to defend a 19 year old woman who has been threatened by an Islamist with death by stoning, detained, …

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Mar 04 2013

No to hejab, indeed!

Iranian women’s rights campaigners and members of the Worker-communist Party of Iran staged a topless protest against the veil and Sharia in Stockholm in the run-up to 8 March, International Women’s Day. No to hejab, indeed!

Sep 20 2012

Cover your damn eyes

Did you hear the report about the mullah who told a girl to  cover herself properly whilst on his way to the mosque in a VILLAGE(!) in Iran? Veiling is compulsory there and ‘bad-hejabi’ a form of dissent and resistance. The girl told him  to cover his eyes, insulted him and beat him so bad …

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Jun 20 2012

You’re on the wrong side

I was recently criticised for ‘picking on Iran’. Well, yes if you side with the Iranian regime, or don’t see anything wrong with it, then my opposing it may seem this way to you. It is all about taking sides really. The same applies to the discussion we are having here on the veil. You …

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Jun 19 2012

The veil must be opposed

I’m posting this speech of mine on the veil here for the pro-veil lobby. I’ll be sure to respond to comments in detail once the CEMB fundraiser is over. Bahar a young woman living in Germany wrote: When you see me on the street I am veiled but do not think I am a Muslim. …

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Apr 06 2012

An Islamist’s wet dream


An Islamist’s wet dream (and I am referring to the very last photo in case you live under a rock): (Photo via Aliaa Magda Elmahdy)

Dec 01 2011

Don’t give me that look


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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