Earlier this week, the Iranian authorities arrested Majid Tavakoli, a student leader, who spoke at an anti-government rally in Tehran University, marking Student Day in Iran. To humiliate him, the authorities published a picture of him wearing a woman’s headscarf, an old practice by the government to prove to the public that the opposition leaders are “less than a man”, lacking courage and bravery. This time around though, the anti-government movement quickly responded by posting pictures of hundreds of men, wearing a headscarf.
[Watch activists’ video “we are all MAJIDS“]
It is ironic how the headscarf, which was traditionally seen as a symbol of women’s oppression (they are forced to wear it in public in Iran), is now being used by men to show membership in a liberating movement. It is worth noting that it is a violation of law to cross-dress in Iran.