Iranian journalist protests compulsory hijab, bringing numerous women together

Published November 4th, 2015 - 11:23 GMT
Iranian women look to Alinejad's My Stealthy Freedom to express themselves and protest compulsory hijab. (AFP/File)
Iranian women look to Alinejad's My Stealthy Freedom to express themselves and protest compulsory hijab. (AFP/File)

Discussion about Iran’s compulsory hijab is nothing new — just last week, a sleeveless dress left Iranian actress Sadaf Taherian out of the job and on the run to the United Arab Emirates.

But little by little, plenty of Iranian women are still making a difference.

Back in 2014, exiled Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad started an online community called My Stealthy Freedom, Today, the site boasts almost 900,000 likes.

In the Western world, 39-year-old Alinejad is well known — her page has been featured in Vogue and praised at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. But as is the case with a lot of online activists hailing from the Middle East, it’s not the same back home.

These days she lives in Brooklyn and works at Voice of America, the official broadcast institution of the US government. There, she operates “Tablet” with Iranian-American satirist and journalist Saman Arbabi, also known as the “Jon Stewart of Iran.” The 15-minute weekly video series draws on stories from the My Stealthy Freedom community.

The site’s Farsi name, yavoshaki, derives from the Farsi word for hidden — the prefix to almost any imaginable “normal” activity for Iranian women. Alinejad says My Stealthy Freedom has created a space online for women to celebrate what’s deemed yavoshaki back home.

“When they take your true identity away from you, how can you control what’s going on inside your head?,” the activist told The Huffington Post. “When you don’t control your head, you don’t control anything.”

Check out these postings on My Stealthy Freedom below.  

حجاب اجباری نتیجه انجماد فکری و گندیدگی افکار این دولتمردان است. اگر دینشان به تار موی من گره خورده پس با لذت این گره را...

Posted by ‎My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران‎ on Tuesday, November 3, 2015
 

من هم حق دارم از هوای پاک لذت ببرم پس می برم . هر چه می خواهی بد بگو پشیزی ارزش ندارد.I also have the right to enjoy...

Posted by ‎My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران‎ on Monday, October 19, 2015
 

The sexual stimulation threshold of men in Islam, This is what the state and official media teach us (An English text...

Posted by ‎My Stealthy Freedom آزادی یواشکی زنان در ایران‎ on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

 

 

By Elizabeth Tarbell


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