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Though some viewers thought that Michelle Obama’s moment on the Oscars was exciting, show-stopping, or (at the very least) innocent enough, there were many others who expressed outrage at her appearance. In Iran, the network Fars News photoshopped the First Lady into a more modest ensemble, adding sleeves and a higher neckline to her Naeem Khan gown.  An Iranian woman appearing on state TV must wear a hijab that covers her arms, legs, and hair. Men must also dress appropriately according to these rules, and only sports players are allowed to bare their legs on the boob tube. Read More
It already sucks to be a woman in Iran. Under Sharia law, Iranian women cannot marry non-Islamic men, they must cover their hair at all times, and their testimony in court is worth half that of a man’s. Furthermore, Iranian women can only divorce their husbands under extreme conditions. While none of this injustice is breaking news, one more ludicrous law is threatening to be added on to the heap. Read More
  Sosan Firooz, the first Afghani female rapper, has recently been hit with a spate of menacing text messages and phone calls demanding that she stop performing.  “If your daughter appears on TV again,” one caller said to her mother, “we will cut off your head.” This seems nuts—but considering recent news from her home country, it doesn’t seem impossible. Sosan, 23, performs with her hair uncovered in front of both male and female audiences, and she openly criticizes the Taliban in her songs. Read More
Yes. This five-minute gem of a video gets everything right.  Released in 1997, the group is made up of Lili, Tahmineh and Sepideh - three Iranian-American ladies who reside in California but sing in Farsi. Apparently, the group is the first all-women Iranian band. The single title  "Khorshid Khanoom" means Lady Sun in Farsi, and the video reflects the ladies' Earth Mother sensibility. With different colored hair pieces representing three of the four elements (air, fire and earth) the video shares aesthetic sentiments with the 1987 Cher vehicle, the Witches of Eastwick. Read More
I loves me some documentaries. I could watch a documentary about anything: corn, fish, toothpicks. But I especially love documentaries about women. HBO has made a name for itself by producing and airing some of the best documentaries around, and last night I watched two of them, "Google Baby" and "For Neda". both of which deal with women's issues. By the end of the night, I was plastered to my couch, depressed and in tears. What these docs showed about women's lives in general, and in India and Iran in particular, was disturbing and sad, but don't let that stop you from watching them. Read More