Banning Hair Dos, Iran Cracks Down on Western Influence

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In Tehran, a private organization has introduced a catalog of appropriate haircuts for men, the first such code since the Islamic Revolutions of 1979. The list, presented by the Veil and Modesty Festival, has not been officially sanctioned by the Ministry of Culture, though they say approval is "pending."

Until now, dress codes have been strictly enforced for women who, if caught in un-Islamic dress, faced punishment ranging from public warnings and jail time, to physical beatings. This move to forcibly clamp down on Western influences through fashion and dress comes at the same time that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 42-year old mother, is sentenced to death by stoning for allegedly conducting an extra-marital affair.

We speak with Azadeh Moaveni, journalist and author of “Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America And American in Iran” about why Iran is clamping down on social mores now, and how the country's citizens are responding.