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PHOTOS: Men in Iran Dress in Drag to Promote Gender Equality


PHOTOS: Kurdish men, start your engines, and may the best gender expression…wiiiiin! In Marivan County in the Kurdistan province of Iran, Kurdish men are getting all dolled up to protest what they deem a sexist punishment and to challenge outmoded concepts of masculinity and femininity.

The Facebook group Kurd Men for Equality has garnered over 7,000 likes after launching less than a week ago on April 18 in response to the punishment given to a convicted man: he was paraded down the streets of Marivan in a woman’s dress in order to humiliate him. While public humiliation is common, according to Gay Star News, this Drag Race-y form of punishment is unprecedented in Iran.

As a result, one hundred women took to the streets in a protest organized by local feminist organization, Marivan Womens’ Community and after one man, in a show of solidarity,  posted a photo of himself in a dress — a campaign was born. Over 150 men have joined the Kurd Men for Equality campaign, which bears the tagline, “Being a woman is not a way for humiliation or punishment.”

The world, and more importantly, the government, has taken notice: 17 Iranian Members of Parliament have signed a petition addressed to the Justice Ministry which decries the sexist sentence as “humiliating to Muslim women.”

Photos: Facebook; h/t: Gay Star News

On:           Apr 23, 2013
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    • DOFEK

      Persian, sweet men you got all my support!. You are not alone and the fucking Christian, in the USA is just like Ayatola Homani, was in Persia. AdamHomo

      Apr 23, 2013 at 8:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scribe38

      Off topic: I would so hit Number ONe. Back to the topic, good going guys.

      Apr 23, 2013 at 11:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B Damion

      Any excuse to wear a dress, I swear…lol.

      Awesome display of support guys.

      Apr 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      Hopefully equality for women will grow in areas like this because of actions like these.

      Apr 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LadyL

      Awesome! Queerty: less Michelle Bachmann, more stories like this, please.

      Apr 23, 2013 at 8:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi


      Apr 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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