See? This woman (the very un-chador'ed one at left) can only be found in Iran. Pick another Islami-super-state, and you'll come up dry. Well, at least on the streets. Saudi Arabia? Nope. Kuwait? Not a chance.
Among the many wondrous traits of the Persian female, finding ever-more creative ways to push the boundaries and, for lack of a better term, fight the man is perhaps paramount. Despite living in a patriarchal culture (to say nothing of it being the world's only theocracy -- now, now, the Vatican doesn't count...), Persian women by-and-large willfully continue to maintain their femininity. They have (*cough*) balls.
Exhibit: Let's call her Laleh (tulip). Look closely and observe that Laleh's manteau is form-fitting (likely tailored) and just barely covers her butt. Her roosari (headscarf) is patterned, and more importantly, pushed sufficiently back to reveal her diligently coiffed (and sinful) hair. Her jeans -- yes! designer jeans!! (Remember the Bedazzler?)
Of course, she has been stopped by a woman servant of the vice police... and she will likely end-up on a bus headed to a police substation where she'll have to promise (ay khoda!) to never be such a wanton slut again. But the point is: she left her house knowing that it was possible she'd be stopped and harassed. And she did it anyway. (Better, though, the matron than the club-wielding, motorcycle-riding asshat basiji.)
She and countless others just like her will, anshallah, one day resurrect the glorious Persian culture that brought the world such graceful beauties as Farah Pahlavi, the Shahbanu.
He’s now working on what he thinks is the perfect rock band for Iran.See?
“It has the usual things: drums, bass, guitars . . . but with girls!” They’re going to be Iran’s answer to the Spice Girls, but with a very different kind of girl power. The law says that the lead vocalist in a publicly approved rock band cannot be a girl. His trick is that all members of the band are vocalists, so it can’t be said that the lead vocalist is a girl. It is in thousands of such small tests of change that Iranians from all walks of life are transforming their country.