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Modesty and Veil Festival will set Iranians on the path to acceptable Islamic fashion

ASIDE from its determination to go “nuclear” sometime soon, Iran is also intent on ensuring that its sizeable young population adheres to strict Islamic dress codes – and is about to stage a “Modesty and Veil Festival” to showcase “looks” acceptable to the authorities.

According to this report, “un-Islamic” haircuts are first in the firing line. Long hair and ponytails are definitely out this summer – though a dab of gel is acceptable … and a beard is no longer required as a symbol of political and religious correctness.

A photographic catalogue of permissible “Islamic” hairstyles is to be published and promoted later this month at the festival.

An Iranian official shows pictures of hairstyles approved by the Ministry of Guidance

Iran’s dour Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has given the project its vital seal of approval.

“The proposed styles are inspired by Iranians’ complexion, culture, religion and Islamic law,” said Jaleh Khodayar, the festival’s female organiser.

A tantalising foretaste of what is folically acceptable was provided by Iranian news agencies this week, which carried pictures of mostly clean-shaven male models sporting short hair.

Hardliners have frequently raged against youths with “decadent Western cuts”. But rules governing male grooming have never been clearly identified – until now.

Another amusing – nay, annoying – snippet from the mad, mad world of Islam comes from Darlaston in the West Midlands where a state-of-the art swimming pool – part of the leisure centre – has had to be “burqa’d” to preserve the modesty of local Muslim women.

The centre opened in 2000 – and with its striking glass panels has been praised for its “ultra-modern design”.

The windows are now covered by a dark film.

According to the local Express & Star, the move at Darlaston Leisure Centre  has been slammed by other swimmers.

The Darlaston swimming pool

One, a retired legal secretary Pauline Poole, who uses the baths in Victoria Road up to four times a week, said:

I returned to swimming after having a cataracts operation some months ago and was looking forward to looking out on some lovely trees while swimming. What I found was a situation that reminded me of how it felt like before my operation, like looking at a horrible cloudy view.

If it was done for a minority of people, then why was there no vote on it?

Walsall Council said it acknowledged the request of the Muslim community, adding that it could not afford to put frosted glass in. So instead it covered the windows with the dark film.

Walsall Councillor Anthony Harris exposed the depth of his dhimmitude by saying:

I’m pleased that we’ve been able to make these modifications because not only does it show we’re listening to the views and concerns of our users but also because it enhances the privacy of swimmers.

Haircut hat tip: BarrieJohn

24 Responses to “Modesty and Veil Festival will set Iranians on the path to acceptable Islamic fashion”

  1. Broadsword says:

    Iranian clerics making it up as they go along.
    They must feel threatened by creeping Western cultural influences. I’m sure most Iranians are proud enough of their own culture to be able to pick and choose from either without losing their identity. We see once more barmy religious fundies obsessed with the things they don’t like instead of projecting a more positive message. Their interference in the minutiae of other peoples lives proves Iran is no democracy. I’m sure you remember this quote from Ayatollah Khomeini:
    http://deathby1000papercuts.blogspot.com/2008/02/ayatollah-khomeini-ten-quotes-by-father.html
    This link goes to a website for sane Iranians of the sort I know:
    http://iranpoliticsclub.net/index.htm

  2. Arnold Lane says:

    “The proposed styles are inspired by Iranians’ complexion…”

    Try changing the adjective “Iranian” for a European nationality and see how it sounds.

  3. Broadsword says:

    Burqaring-up Darlaston’s swimming pool windows to accommodate muzzie sensibilities is just wrong. It’s yet another cultural erosion that will encourage further demands. Britain is a European country with a Western culture, they should Fit In or Fuck Off (FIFO). Instead of emigrating to Pakistan/Saudi Arabia etc, they’ll try and Islamise us. Once their hell-hole is complete they’ll flee and claim asylum in yet another unsuspecting, tolerant nation. This is Jihad and no mistake.

  4. Harry says:

    … because forcing a public facility to redesign the entire building is such a modest thing to do.

  5. Holland says:

    Western cuts: That’s what happens when you become sloppy with your ancient abrahamic beard fashion promos

  6. Grumpy Bob says:

    AFAIR Dundee University swimming pool has (or at least had) clear glass windows. They had curtains to pull when the islamic ladies went swimming. Seems a better solution altogether.

  7. Harry says:

    Most of the Dundee Uni sports center had black curtains which they closed when they were being used as an exam hall. They probably got them for the pool at the same time.

    Um, Hi. Dundee graduate. But non-swimmer.

  8. Broadsword says:

    When our local pool was redeveloped it was surrounded by a seven-foot wall with only small windows on top so muzzie modesty wouldn’t be an issue here. The glass in the original building was floor-to-ceiling and frequently vandalised out of hours. Yobs used to stand outside, lick the windows and abuse swimmers. There’d also be the occasional seedy character wearing a trenchcoat whatever the weather.

  9. barriejohn says:

    I’m pleased that we’ve been able to make these modifications – No he’s not, he’s lying!

    It would be too difficult for the Muslim women concerned to cover themselves, if they don’t want their “modesty” compromised, I suppose!!

  10. rog says:

    We have to hope that the very fact that they are trying to enforce this means that they are fighting a losing battle and when the new generation grows into power they do away with such stupidity – it’s just a shame that it might take a generation to change.

  11. elainek123 says:

    I wonder what Russell Brand would say if he had to have a new haircut, as I understand he is maybe going to in the future be known as a muslim when he marries..
    If anyone is to meet a leader in Iran will they have to have a new haircut so as not to offend. Royals perhaps.

  12. ZombieHunter says:

    A good friend of mine who has escaped from told me about the time he was pulled over by the Islamic fasion police for having hair gel on and they accused him of trying to be european and owning an sattelite TV link up and threatened to arrest him and raid his house, he’s told me a lot of scary shit about that place whatever you think you know about conditions in iran it’s probably a lot worse.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Rog: You’re right. There is considerable antipathy to Ahmadinejad’s ideas in Iran, and I posted links that showed that on a previous thread. We just have to hope that with increased education and sophistication, and exposure to more sensible ideas, the younger generation eventually ditch all this primitive bullshit!

  14. Har Davids says:

    The fact that their fashion police is getting more power to monitor people’s public behaviour and appearance might mean that many don’t really give a hoot about this islamic modesty, otherwise it wouldn’t have to be foisted on them in the first place. Just like the christian fundies, rearranging desk-chairs, if you can’t use too much violence any more.

  15. Stuart W says:

    11th June (‘Take a Bow Imbecile #3′) I posted:

    ‘Some Muslim women who want to keep fit might feel very confused seeing Western women in revealing workout gear which could directly cause them to think about filthy acts of adultery. How about state-funded aerobics classes in which exercises are performed in burkas?’

    Just a leeeetle further down the slippery slope started by the Darlaston Leisure Centre and you may call me Tiresias.

  16. AngieRS says:

    “Something for the weekend, Sir?”

    “Yes please, something without religious tyranny would be nice.”

  17. barriejohn says:

    Two contrary reports from 2007:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6213854.stm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6596933.stm

    BTW Does anyone know why these Muslim bathing beauties can’t wear the burqa swimsuit that was brought to our attention some months ago now?

    http://freethinker.co.uk/2009/07/02/modesty-and-the-modern-muslim/

  18. Freethinker says:

    I smile and remain optimistic to see the death of Islam and religious tyranny in Iran soon!
    Who do you think will succeed in this battle; a bunch of maggot minded clerics with their absurd ideas about human life and the world, or an overwhelmingly young generation who is trying to understand what is going on in the world and is finding its way toward brighter future?!!

  19. Robster says:

    Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile, or a millemetre and a kilometer. It’s theocracy by stealth. Bit by little bit they’ll impose their culture over ours, they’ve got all the time in the world ‘coz these are people dealing in the ambiguous world of ‘eternity’. Things seem to be developing at a pace in the UK. Sad when the nation so heavily responsible for some of the most successful societies on the planet can fall into the hole of brainless religious doctrine.

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  21. Bob Hughes says:

    The Darlaston Councillor has a further veil to draw, this time over the Reception area: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2010/07/06/pool-modesty-barrier-for-muslims-is-agreed/

    Next stage is to issue everyone in the vicinity with blinkers – as modelled by Councillor Harris…

    Well, they have burquas, we have berks in blinkers: perhaps we can evolve a hybrid anti-reality accessory, the blurinka, to be donned on all occasions where the simple facts of courtesy, hospitality and – what was it? – oh yes, “truth,” require mythological obfuscation and fudge from those with idle hands and minds.

  22. Bob Hughes says:

    The Darlaston Councillor has a further veil to draw, this time over the Reception area:

    http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2010/07/06/pool-modesty-barrier-for-muslims-is-agreed/

    Next stage is to issue everyone in the vicinity with blinkers – as modelled by Councillor Harris…

    Well, they have burquas, we have berks in blinkers: perhaps we can evolve a hybrid anti-reality accessory, the Blurinka? This is to be donned on all occasions where the simple facts of courtesy, hospitality and truth require mythological obfuscation and a blind eye or two.

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  24. Simon Chase says:

    would like to think Iranian youths will one day change the system but young revolutionaries grow up to become old conservatives. the theocracy will not go away in iran any more than it has in America.