Iranian Women Embrace ‘Stealthy Freedoms’ with Hijab-Free Selfies on Facebook
By Brian Pellot, Religion News Service On May 13, 2014
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Thousands of Iranian women are posting photos of themselves without headscarves on a Farsi Facebook page that has racked up more than 150,000 likes in fewer than two weeks.
Photos on the page, titled "Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women" in English, are "stealthy" because they deliberately violate local law. Women in Iran have been forced to wear the hijab in public, many against their will, since the country's Islamic Revolution in 1979. Yet many have long enjoyed "stealthy freedoms" by slipping off the hijab in safe company.
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Conservatives in Iran are demanding that morality police more doggedly punish women caught hijabless, slapping them with greater fines, prison time and lashes. Just last week thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran to protest slipping hijabs and slipping adherence to the country's conservative female dress code.
Watching this cultural tug-of-war, exiled Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, who lives in the U.K., set up the "Stealthy Freedoms" Facebook page on May 3. She's been working tirelessly ever since to verify that each upload comes from a genuine account.
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