Iranian police have launched the latest crackdown to preserve decency according to Islamic law. Women who allow hair to show or wear clothes that show the shape of their bodies can be arrested or subject to whippings. It appears that Iran follows the same principle of Henry Ford when he said that customers could have any color “so long as it’s black.”
For civil libertarians, there is no greater mutation of human rights than a society which forces people to dress alike. Women suffer the brunt of this crackdown. Iranian men, it appears, cannot be tempted with even a glimpse of a woman in anything other than a loose fitting outfit. Yet, men will also be subject to arrest and flogging if they sport a “Western style haircut.”
The Administration is rumored to be working on a plan to parachute a battalion of hair dressers and Brazilian swimsuit designers.
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