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Iran Promotes The Mono-Brow
The Neanderthal look is in! Not a surprise, considering the spread of primitivity in Iran; for example:

Specifically in Iran, sexual discrimination and violence is rampant, and its effects are unimaginable. Women play an incredibly small role in government affairs. In fact, discrimination is so bad, only 6% of Iranian women are employed. Some public facilities are segregated, and some professions are literally unavailable to females. Domestic abuse is sometimes considered a husband’s right when brought to court, and often, before a virgin woman is executed, a prison guard rapes her, in an effort to make sure she is unable to go to "paradise." ("Prime Victims") Her crime may have been something as simple as trying to become more politically involved. Women are even turned against each other like the girl who set her divorced mother’s bed on fire after being told by her grandmother that her mom was destroying the honor of her family by dating (Prusher). Although it is clear to see that women desperately want to be a significant part of society, they are scared to try.

The most disheartening part of the plight of women in Iran is the rapidly growing rate of suicide and infanticide. Daily, women are abandoning their children because they have no means of supporting them. In an effort to please their husbands, they have conceived so many children, thus disregarding their health and the fact that there is no way that they can take care of each and every one. Simply resisting the opinion that a woman’s purpose in life is to produce and raise more Muslims has actually condemned women to death (Schemla). The physical and mental abuse has literally pushed thousands of women over the edge. No human being deserves to live in such conditions.

From, no area of an Iranian Muslim's life is too petty to micromanage. Now, Iran has made the well-managed brow on men illegal:

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.

Under Iran's Islamic Sharia law, imposed after the 1979 revolution, women are obligated to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes to disguise their figures.

Violators can receive lashes, fines and imprisonment.

No word on whether women are still allowed to manage theirs, or whether they, too, are expected to grow out a mono-brow.

Posted by aalkon at April 30, 2007 11:19 AM


I used to have two eyebrows, but then I shaved off the top one.

Seriously, this is what the USA would look like if we lost our separation between church & state and the fundies took over. We have those kooks here, too, but once their kids are 18 all bets are off.

On the positive side, the fact that these turds feel so insecure about "Western" hairstyles and grooming just goes to show that these things have now reached the East. They'll never be able to stop the tide, now. Go, globalization ...

Posted by: Pirate Jo at April 30, 2007 6:45 AM

First we take your unibrows, then your patriarchy! We're insidious like that.

Posted by: Shinobi at April 30, 2007 10:42 AM

The Iranian "Just Say No" -- aka "The War On Tweezers."

Posted by: Amy Alkon at April 30, 2007 10:54 AM

"If your unibrow is under a burka, can you hear it scream?"

Posted by: Chrissy at April 30, 2007 11:36 AM

The women could be wearing nothing but a g-string and pasties under those burkas, who's gonna know? (and of course, a unibrow).

Posted by: Chrissy at April 30, 2007 11:38 AM

Women in the M.E. expect random harassment from the religious police. The occasional check up while leaving their homes. Also based on tips from informants in the neighborhood.

The punishment for 'improper veiling' is up to 60 to 70 lashes from a whip. In Iran, I believe its 75 lashes. This of course is based on the discretion from the individual police officer and religious judge interpreting the case.

There have been many cases where the woman was wearing the proper hijab*, but wasn't wearing enough layers. This would still be considered improper veiling, because the lack of extra clothing showed off her feminine curves and created too much shahwa (desire) among the men. This happened while I was in Riyadh, S.A.

***Hijab in the west usually refers to the veiling around the head or the scarf. But in the M.E. it means the whole practice of veiling the entire body. The other garments/styles are called the burqa, chador, niqab, abaya, jilbab and the khimar.

Posted by: Joe at April 30, 2007 12:26 PM

After reading Karl Lagerfeld's comments on the world of fashion I wouldnt be suprised if eventually the high fashionistas adopted the various veilings practiced by Muslims as a new trend. For all the negative connotations (oppression of women n such) I do find that a woman with a proper veil to be quite pretty. I like the emphasis on the face, such as when they wear jet black jilbab.

Posted by: PurplePen at April 30, 2007 12:53 PM

As an avid collector of kendo outfits, this might explain my liking of the jilbab.

Posted by: PurplePen at April 30, 2007 12:56 PM

There have been simple hijab fashion shows in Paris and Milan, Purple. Also, the various kinds of hijabs are based on cultural and regional differences.

Personally, I was never a Westerner that wore the robes (bisht) and clothing (thobe), except the ghutra or smagh with the accompanying igal band. When I was out in the desert away from the cities. Its a form of respect to your particular host too. Quite useful during a 7 to 10 day shamal storm. The sandals are quite comfortable.

Posted by: Joe at April 30, 2007 2:11 PM

Eyebrows in film: (1) Maggie Simpson's nemesis is the Baby with One Eyebrow. (2) Michael Caine directing Sandra Bullock's makeover in Miss Congeniality: "Eyebrows: there should be two."

God, what a combination: Sandra Bullock, one eybrow - hot!

Posted by: Norman at April 30, 2007 2:47 PM

Doh. That's "eyebrow".

You could also add (3) Alex in Clockwork Orange has one set of eyelashes. How many lashes for that, I wonder, ironically.

Posted by: Norman at April 30, 2007 2:55 PM

Hey Joe this is a dumb question but I've always been curious. How do they keep their lips from getting chapped in such dry conditions? I never see them having chapped lips.

Posted by: PurplePen at May 1, 2007 10:10 AM

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