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Posted on Dec 11, 2009
guardian.co.uk / Iranian state television

An image from Iranian state-run media shows Majid Tavakoli, a prominent student activist, in a chador and head scarf.

In a move that seems more apropos to the “girlie men” critique that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once used against opponents, Iran has published an image of a student activist in Islamic chador and maghnaeh in an attempt to humiliate the man. 

The pictures have been repudiated by the anti-Mahmoud Ahmadinejad camp, which considers the depiction emblematic of the current Iran regime’s vindictiveness and contempt for women. Many individuals, in solidarity, have posted similar photos on sites such as Facebook.  —JCL

The Guardian:

The images are incongruous and unconvincing: a young man with heavy stubble looks shame-faced while forced to pose wearing Islamic chador and maghnaeh, the female headscarf.

The images were published by Iran’s state-run media in an attempt to humiliate one of the theocratic regime’s harshest critics, Majid Tavakoli, a student activist arrested last Monday in the latest demonstrations against the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Now the pictures have provoked an angry backlash from Ahmadinejad’s opponents who claim they display his government’s vindictiveness and contempt for women.

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By Virginia777, December 13, 2009 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

oh gosh I’m just so upset they have gender troubles in Iran

(Not!!)

save us this war-supportive propaganda, “Guardian”

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By Ahmed, December 12, 2009 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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what a story full of lies… this picture is an arrested student when he ran from police and changed himself to camouflage

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By Howie Bledsoe, December 12, 2009 at 7:42 am Link to this comment
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I think He looks kind of sexy, myself. 
Hey Russian Paul, buddy, uh….
What wrong with an angry middle class? Unlike your country and my country, at least they still have a middle class.  Dont forget, they have rights, too.

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By Russian Paul, December 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment

Bizarre. Not sure what to make of that, but I still am not trusting of an uprising
made up primarily of upper-middle class Twitterers.

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