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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Iranian morality fashions for men

The "Modesty and Veil" festival is coming up later this month. That means men must join the campaign for proper hair cuts. Whether this is a sign of the growing power of social conservatives in Iran or another cleavage in the ruling elite is open to question.

Ponytail for men gets the chop in Iran
Iran's culture ministry has given its blessing to a number of "Islamic" haircuts for men, with ponytails failing to make the list, the ILNA news agency reported on Monday.

ILNA and other agencies carried pictures of mostly clean-shaven male models sporting short hair, some styled with gel, in a "journal of Iranian hairstyles approved by the ministry of (culture and Islamic) guidance."…

Iranian police carry out regular morality crackdowns, arresting and warning women in figure-hugging short coats and flimsy headscarves as well as men sporting spiky hair and tight, low-slung jeans…

Conservative clerics have called for firmer action against un-Islamic dressers and hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came under fire last month for expressing opposition to a tough police crackdown on immodest attire.

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