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Iranian Men in Headscarves 22nd Dec 2009
The headscarf as a symbol of protest.

Hundreds of pictures of men in women's clothing have been posted online by Iranian opposition supporters. It's part of a protest against what they say is an attempt by the authorities to embarrass Majid Tavakoli ( a reformist student leader who was recently arrested ) by photographing him in a head scarf. So what is the symbolic and political significance of these acts of ‘cross-dressing’ ? Baroness Haleh Afshar teaches Politics and Women's Studies at the University of York, and Professor Hamid Dabashi is Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York. They explain what they make of this unusual gesture of support.
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