November 03, 2005
Don't Dress West If You Know What's Best!
Consider, if you will, the humble mannequin. Where would retail be without those plastic molded women who demonstrate what a dress or pair of pants looks like from all angles? Iranian women soon will soon not have that privilege.
Police in northeastern Iran are launching a new morality drive by confiscating alluring mannequins from boutiques and clothes stalls in the bazaar, authorities in the city of Bojnourd said Monday.
A spokesman for the city's judiciary, who asked not be named, explained the drive would tackle problems of "public chastity." He said 65 mannequins have been impounded so far.
He explained the crack-down on tailors' dummies was part of a larger offensive against anti-social behavior such as vandalism and biker gangs.
Bojnourd owes its traditional religious climate to the nearby shrine city of Mashhad, a focal point of pilgrimage for the world's Shi'ite Muslims.
So what exactly are "alluring mannequins" anyway? Mannequins not wearing a burkha? Mannequins who are not veiled? Mannequins who smile?
Posted by Wild Thing at November 3, 2005 02:14 AM