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More images of revolt in Iran: Fashion from women who are heroes

June 17, 2009

Does fashion precede freedom for some women?

We’re seeing freedom (and fashion) statements — from the nailpolish worn by individual women in some of the photos of the revolt in Tehran to designer handbags on display — also partial face masking plus  improperly worn head scarves, a punishable offense against women by the men who run political Islam. Images from Tehran suggest that forward progress of women’s global liberation may include steps through stages of self-actualization within the framework of what global culture currently supplies.

For women living under a religio-politico system of subordination by dress code (and chronic behind-closed-doors violence nobody witnesses),  any woman in public improperly wearing her male-required head scarf provides a  brave act of defiance in our world of cell-phone cameras and Twitter.    Some of the women pictured can afford Twitpic, they may Twitter.  They could probably afford (or somebody in their family afforded it for them) an education.  They can afford nail polish and designer bags.  When they revolt against the male-imposed veil, they revolt for women around the world who are required to comply by economic deprivation, threat and actual violence with their second-class gender caste status.

[Images from Wikipedia under “Hijab,”  “Abaya” and “Niqab” topics … there’s much more in the realm of imagery about political Islam’s dress code for women around the world, but why bum you out?]

[Woman with her son in Afghanistan, above, followed by two women under dress-code requirements on the Arabian peninsula  and a woman in Monterey, CA, USA]

In the facade for misogyny political Islam provides, it cannot advance anybody’s liberation to see a woman wearing political Islam’s required headdress — admittedly by the religion itself a symbol of male subordination of what men have dubbed as an “impure” womanhood redeemed through being masked in public.  That said, perhaps we outside Iran should consider whether we want to support women’s right to be free from religion, when every woman in question not only has no independent voice in the public sphere but we also cannot so much as see her face.

Maybe in some way of progression I do not fully understand as a guy with global male privilege —  maybe when teens outside political Islam “sext” their boyfriends with technology, when a woman in Tehran streaks her hair and improperly wears the head scarf in public, when women try to own the agency as actors of being “hot” — it advances women’s global liberation.

Maybe any fashion chosen by a woman — even if the available manufactured options tend still to objectify women as women, as a gender class — is still a  little closer really to being free.

Maybe it’s all steps of progress.  All necessary as part of the process of woman and women getting out of the male-dominance of being male-objectified targets in the longest war.

Twitter, Tweetdeck and Getting Out Iran’s Pictures of Election Revolt

June 15, 2009

Get the full picture …”  because when we see truth with our own eyes, it’s easier to see through the longest war’s lies.  [As Tweetdeck and many others have said]:  “A picture tells a thousand words …”

As much as we like to use our words, the green leaves around a purple flower from a Tweetdeck page …

… say more about the robust life-force to grow, freely, than any indistinct text even if brought into focus.   Twitter and third party apps like Tweetdeck have gotten the cell-phone photos out of Iran about the mullah-led post-electoral suppressions of the people’s will to freedom.  Used this way, call technology my hero.  The dominator old men of the longest war’s portion in Iran may now have stopped even Twitter’s tiny url’s from getting outside the man-made lines drawn as Iran’s national boundaries.  But not before these images  emerged of the green of freedom adopted by women and men joining together as freedom-lovers in Iran.

  • The moderate Mousavi was identified before the elections (and resulting people’s revolt over the election being called a win by the previously ruling mullah-militarists of Ahmadinejad) as likely to beat Ahmadinejad.
  • Mousavi in outreach to Iranian women branded himself successfully as the green candidate – though the color did not reflect a commitment to environmental issues so much as progressive Islamic resonance symbolic of constructive change and liberation.
  • After what Mousavi’s supporters identify as rigged elections for the status quo, these images that got out indicate what we know about bravery and revolt in Iran (before the dominator government’s efforts at information blackout):

Iranian Protest Election Results

Iranian Protest Election Results

Iranian Protest Election Results

Iranian Protest Election Results

Iranian Protest Election Results