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    Iranian men wearing hijab in anti-feminist campaign

    Some men post pictures of themselves wearing the hijab against a campaign by the 'My stealthy freedom group' featuring photographs of women with their hair uncovered. For them, "women should not be given the right to choose whether to wear it". Instead, it "should be compulsory to protect women's modesty."

    Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Some Iranian men are posting pictures of themselves wearing a hijab to counter an attempt by women to question the obligation of covering their heads.

    Earlier this month, Iranian women flooded Facebook with pictures of themselves with their hair uncovered to spark a debate about the freedom to choose whether or not to wear the hijab.

    Within the first two days of its creation by the My Stealthy Freedom Group, 30,000 women posted photos of themselves.

    "This is Iran... The feeling of the wind blowing through every strand of hair, is a girl's biggest dream," the caption on the page read.

    "I've hardly slept in the past three days because of the number of pictures and messages I've received," said Masih Alinejad, founder of My Stealthy Freedom.

    She does her best to verify that the pictures were sent from genuine accounts, and does ask people for permission before publishing them.

    Ultimately though, she has "no intention whatsoever to encourage people to defy the forced hijab or stand up against it".

    "I just want to give voice to thousands and thousands of Iranian women who think they have no platform to have their say."

    Two small pro-hijab rallies were held in Tehran, according to the Telegraph.

    "Members write that the hijab is freeing and women should not be given the right to choose whether to wear it. Others posting on the page say it should be compulsory to protect women's modesty," the newspaper reported.

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