Beauty News: Tanning can get you arrested in Tehran; also apparently leads to earthquakes

By Voxy  

Suntanned women to be arrested under Islamic dress code  So, um, yeah, no Open-Thread Thursday/Sales post yesterday, because I am drowning in the last two weeks of the semester. If it makes you feel any better, there weren’t any sales, which was kind of depressing anyway.

From the online version of the Telegraph, from which the accompanying photo (SIPA/REX FEATURES) is also borrowed:

Suntanned women to be arrested under Islamic dress code

Iran has warned suntanned women and girls who looked like “walking mannequins” will be arrested as part of a new drive to enforce the Islamic dress code.

by Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat
Published: 11:09PM BST 27 Apr 2010

Brig Hossien Sajedinia, Tehran’s police chief, said a national crackdown on opposition sympathisers would be extended to women who have been deemed to be violating the spirit of Islamic laws. He said: “The public expects us to act firmly and swiftly if we see any social misbehaviour by women, and men, who defy our Islamic values. In some areas of north Tehran we can see many suntanned women and young girls who look like walking mannequins.

“We are not going to tolerate this situation and will first warn those found in this manner and then arrest and imprison them.”

Iran’s Islamic leadership has in recent weeks launched a scaremongering campaign to persuade the population that vice is sweeping the streets of the capital. National law stipulates that women wear headscarves and shape shrouding cloaks but many women, particularly in the capital, spend heavily on fashions that barely adhere to the regulations.

The announcement came shortly after Ayatollah Kazim Sadighi, a leading cleric, warned that women who dressed immodestly disturbed young men and the consequent agitation caused earthquakes.

Another preacher warned Tehran’s citizens to flee before the inevitable punishment for flagrant behaviour was visited on the city.

“Go on the streets and repent for your sins,” Ayatollah Aziz Khoshvaqt, one of the country’s highest clerics, told worshippers during a recent sermon in northern Tehran. “A holy torment is upon us. Leave town.”


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  1. avatar Systeme_D
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Apologies to all sensible people everywhere, but I must admit to loving the line “A holy torment is upon us. Leave town.”

    I am so going to use it. I can’t wait until the opportunity presents itself.


  2. avatar Froggy
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Can’t wait to see what Jenna has to say about this!


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted May 5, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thus far she has been suspiciously silent on the subject. If I were more snarky (!) I might consider writing a What-Would-Jenna-Say response.


  3. avatar marigolds
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Why is being tan a violation of Islamic law? Does it imply that you’re out of the house in few enough clothes that you aren’t completely Vitamin-D deficient?


  4. avatar Voxy
    Posted May 1, 2010 at 1:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    Huh. Apparently, based on this, we had BoobQuake, an effort to determine whether women could actually cause an earthquake by wearing skimpy clothes.

    You can read all about it here:


    • avatar chaosbydesign
      Posted May 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Heh. “BoobQuake”. I kind of like that.

      One of the main problems I have with this, besides the glaringly obvious, is that they are blaming the women for the supposed ‘earthquakes’, when actually it is the men (by their logic) causing the earthquakes. Why not arrest the men for inappropriate ogling of women if this is what they genuinely believe?


  5. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Unfortunately other sources suggest that you are right. This one is from Yahoo7 News

    “His statements follow an assertion by Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that an earthquake could hit Tehran in the near future, according the Associated Press. Iran is earthquake prone and seismologists have warned previously that the 12 million inhabitants of the capital are greatly at risk of disaster.

    “What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi continued. “There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes.”

    I have no words. None at all. Completely speechless…


  6. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh. My. God. Aside from the utter ridiculousness of the entire article, please tell me the word ‘earthquakes’ is being used as a metaphor for something here?


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted April 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I wish I could say that I thought it was a metaphor. Sadly, I don’t…


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