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Iran Bans Western Hair, Eyebrow Plucking

From those keepers of the faith at Reuters:

Iran bans Western haircuts, eyebrow plucking for men

April 29, 2007

Tehran, Iran (Reuters) — Iranian police have warned barbers against offering Western-style hair cuts or plucking the eyebrows of their male customers, Iranian media said Sunday.

The report by a reformist daily, later confirmed by an Iranian news agency, appeared to be another sign of authorities cracking down on clothing and other fashion deemed to be against Islamic values.

“Western hairstyles … have been banned,” the newspaper Etemad said in a front-page headline.

It came a week after police launched a crackdown against the growing number of young women testing the limits of the law with shorter, brighter and skimpier clothing ahead of the summer months…

Violators can receive lashes, fines and imprisonment.

The student news agency ISNA quoted a police statement as saying: “In an official order to barbershops, they have been warned to avoid using Western hair styles and doing men’s eyebrows.”

Iranian young men have in recent years started paying more attention to the way they look and dress, especially in affluent parts of the capital Tehran. Spiked up hair, by using gel, is known as the Khorusi (Rooster) style and some also use make-up.

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 barbershops 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.

“Currently some barbershops apply make-up and use (hair) styles that are in line with those in European countries and America,” Eftekharifard said.

He added: “An official order has been sent to the union … not to apply make-up on men’s faces (or) do eyebrows … and hence the barbers are not allowed to do these things.” …

They know have priorities. Still, think how silly Mr. Ahmadinejad would look if he didn’t pluck his “unibrow.”

Meanwhile, in a world away in Turkey, via an outraged Al Jazeera:

Massive pro-secular demo in Turkey

More than one million secular Turks have protested in Istanbul against the government amid a tense stand-off between the Islamic-led government and the army over presidential elections.

The crowd, carrying Turkish flags, filled Istanbul’s Caglayan Square, on Sunday, in a demonstration organised by about 600 non-governmental organisations.

Police at the scene said that the number of demonstrators, from Turkey and abroad, was well over one million.

“Turkey is secular and will remain secular,” protesters shouted, demanding the resignation of the government headed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister.

Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Phillps met many women at the rally who said they fear that their way of life, what they call a modern way of life, is under threat by the possible spread of “political Islam”.

The rally came a day after Erdogan’s government rejected a warning from the military over the country’s disputed presidential election, calling its interference unacceptable…

Guess who is on the wrong side of history.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 29th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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