Posts tagged "iran"

Iran’s First Female Surfers Are Breaking Ground & Braving Waves

Iranian pro snowboarder Mona Seraji, Iranian diver Shalha Yasini, and Irish pro surfer Easky Britton are the first women in Iran to take up surfing. Marion Poizeau’s documentary “Into The Sea” follows the women’s adventures as Britton teaches Yasini and Seraji to surf in the Baluchistan region of the country. After having such a great…

By: Claire Hannum / March 15, 2015

Amnesty International: Iranian Women Are Being Made Into “Baby-Making Machines”

An Iranian bill restricting the availability of contraception and abortions in order to boost the country’s population is effectively going to turn Iranian women into “baby-making machines.”…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 11, 2015

Read The Last Words of Reyhaneh Jabbari, Who Was Hanged For Killing Her Rapist

Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged in Iran on Saturday for killing her rapist. She left her final will in the form of a voice message for her mother, which said, amongst other things, “In the court of God I will charge the inspectors…and all those that out of ignorance or with their lies wronged me…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 28, 2014

Iranians Break Taboo To Watch World Cup Together In Public

Breaking a cultural taboo, men and women in Iran have been watching the World Cup together in public. The genders are not supposed to mingle in public (and women have been banned from attending most sports events since 1979), but several restaurants and bars have been airing the games for everyone to watch. [CNN]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2014

Iran Freaks Out Over Actress’ Kiss On The Cheek At Cannes

Iranian actress Leila Hatami got a kiss on the cheek from Gilles Jacob, the president of the Cannes Film Festival, and all hell broke loose. Iran’s deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance chastised Hatami, saying that the Iranian woman should be “a symbol of chastity and innocence.” [The National AE]
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By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2014

6 Young Iranians Arrested For “Happy” Music Video Finally Freed

Police in Iran arrested six young adults over the weekend for posting a music video on YouTube in which they dance and lip synch to “Happy.” Tehran’s police chief reportedly called the video “obscene” and said it “offend[ed] public morals.” Particularly problematic was how the women were not wearing headscarves and men and women are show…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Lois Pryce, Who Took A Solo Motorcycle Adventure Through Iran

When most people visualize their dream vacation, Caribbean beaches and margaritas on a lounge chair come to mind. For British writer and cyclist Lois Pryce, however, her dream trip equated to something a little different — a solo motorcycle trip across Iran. Pryce spent this September on a three-week tour of the country, her curiosity fueled…

By: Claire Hannum / November 22, 2013

Iranian Woman Disqualified From Council Seat Because She Is “Too Attractive”

Nina Siahkali Moradi won an alternate seat in Qazvin, Iran city council elections fair and square. But male colleagues agree she’s “too attractive” to join them and have disqualified her from her clear winnings.

Moradi placed 14th out of 163 candidates in the elections, with almost 10,000 people voting for her. But the 27-year-old has bee…

By: Daley Quinn / August 19, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Iranian Swimmer Elham Asghari Can’t Get Time Recorded Because Her Swimsuit Is “Too Revealing”

Imagine being an athlete at the top of your field and not being recognized by the authorities for your accomplishments simply because you are a woman. This is the problem faced by Elham Asghari, a 32-year-old swimmer in Iran, who isn’t having her records recorded by the country’s sports ministry. In fact, just last month,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 4, 2013

Girl Talk: My OBGYN Visit In Iran

As I am getting ready to leave for the doctor’s office, Auntie Shadi gives me a warning: “Now don’t expect to be seen exactly on time. This is not America.”

“Oh. Ok,” I say, instead of admitting that we don’t necessarily get seen exactly on time for our doctor’s appointment either. During this one-month…

By: Bahar Anooshahr / May 13, 2013

Chicago Public Schools Pull Graphic Novel Persepolis

Update, 5:15p.m.: Chicago Public Schools have rescinded the order to yank Persepolis from the shelves. This is great news! [Chicago Tribune]

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, is one of the best series of graphic novels that I have ever read. I recommend it to everyone. And I read a lot of graphic novels. The…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 15, 2013

Iran Considers Requiring Single Women To Get Permission From Father Before Traveling Abroad

Iran will consider a parliamentary bill that will require single women to receive permission from a guardian, usually their father or brother, to travel abroad. Married women in Iran will continue to need their husband’s permission to travel. Paternalism, much? [Guardian UK]
A seven-year-old girl in Goa, India, was raped in her school’…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2013

Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses

This coming academic year, 36 universities in Iran have announced that 77 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences courses will now be “single gender” and therefore only available to men. With women outnumbering men by three to two in passing this year’s university entrance exam, The Daily Beast theorizes Iranian leaders are becoming “concerned…

By: Daley Quinn / August 22, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Iranian Woman Might Be Hanged Instead Of Stoned To Death

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, may be hanged instead. She was allegedly complicit with her lover in murdering her husband, although her supporters say she was forced to confess under duress. Ashtiani, a mother of two, has been imprisoned since 2006 and her impending…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2011

Bravo Announces “Shahs Of Sunset,” The Persian “Jersey Shore”

The “Jersey Shore” knockoffs are here! “The Shahs Of Sunset,” a new reality show about Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles, will be developed by Bravo and Ryan Seacrest’s production company, they jointly announced Wednesday. L.A. has the largest Persian community outside of Iran and their per capita income is 50 percent higher than the national average,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 22, 2011

WTF: Iran To Ban Female Soccer Fans From Live Broadcasts

Women in Iran are already banned from watching soccer matches in stadiums, and pending government approval, Iranian women may soon be banned from watching soccer games aired live in movie theaters because it increases the likelihood of “inappropriate behavior,” i.e. sexy-sexy-time. A state police agency called for the ban, which will restrict women from congregating…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Iran Might Not Execute Adulteress After All

The head of Iran’s High Human Rights Council said the country may not execute Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, a mother of two sentenced to death for adultery. It seems that human rights activists around the world — including French First Lady Carla Bruni — don’t like it when you kill people over something like marital fidelity.

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 22, 2010

Carla Bruni Told She “Deserves To Die” For Supporting Iranian Woman Sentenced For Adultery

Avid readers of Today’s Lady News have no doubt been following the story of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian woman who has been sentenced to death for adultery. Ashtiani is accused of cheating on her husband and then conspiring to have him killed; she was sentenced to 99 lashes, which she’s received, and death…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 3, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Iran Calls French First Lady Carla Bruni A “Prostitute”

A state-run newspaper in Iran called Carla Bruni, the French first lady, a “prostitute” after she penned an open letter to an Iranian woman who is facing the death penalty for adultery. Slut shaming at its finest! [BBC]
DVDs of the Swedish version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” are being sent to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 30, 2010

Iran Bans The Mullet 30 Years Too Late

Well, it’s official, folks, The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has declared our favorite ironic hairstyle, the mullet, illegal. But not because it’s a heinous fashion violation—it’s considered an un-Islamic Western ‘do and an example of the Western Cultural Invasion. Also forbidden for men are “the rooster,” a ponytail with spikey front and…

By: Ami Angelowicz / July 13, 2010
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