There IS an App for This!

Yes, finally, the world of technology is conquering those that want to destroy manteau style -and below is the brand new article explaining all about it.


New app helps young Iranians avoid Islamic Republic’s ‘morality police’
By Reuters Staff
February 13, 2016

A new smartphone application that helps Iranians dodge the Islamic Republic’s “morality police” is proving popular with the young, tech-savvy population but has quickly fallen foul of the authorities.
The Gershad app allows users who spot checkpoints set up by the morality police, who enforce Islamic dress and behavior codes, to tag their location on a Google map with an icon of a bearded man, enabling others to steer clear of them.
The app was blocked by the authorities soon after it was released for Android devices on Monday, but many Iranians bypass Internet restrictions by using a Virtual Private Network.
It is already trending on social media and has received almost 800 reviews on the Google Play app store, nearly all of them positive, although Google Play does not show how many times Gershad had been downloaded.
Gershad is seen by some as setting a precedent for “digital protest” in Iran as elections loom and the country emerges from years of isolation following the lifting of international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program.
“Technology has created an amazing opportunity to forge a cooperative solution to common social problems,” Gershad’s secretive creators said in an email exchange with Reuters.
Gershad is a contraction of the full title of the Gashte Ershad (guidance patrol), which is part of efforts to purge Western culture from the country following the Islamic revolution which overthrew a Western-backed king in 1979.
“For years the morality police have been causing disturbances for Iranian women,” the Gershad team said. “Avoiding them in the streets, metro stations and in shopping malls is challenging and tiresome.”

A young Iranian woman looks distraught as she is arrested by the police for wearing “improper clothing” and having too much make up in north Tehran, Iran May 15, 2008 – my crackdown banner

Iranian officials have not commented on Gershad but state broadcaster IRIB said the app had been written about on social media and “networks opposed to the (Islamic) revolution”.
“This is an innovative idea and I believe it will lead to many other creative apps which will address the gap between society and government in Iran,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
Ghaemi said the app’s developers were based outside Iran but had grown up in the country and experienced the problem first hand.
“It’s really an indigenous product… these are the kind of people who have been stopped at checkpoints,” he said.

Gershad is an example of how young Iranians are turning to technology to circumvent checks on their everyday lives.
“It’s showing a trend in digital protest… I see it as a precedent for future apps of its kind,” said Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh, a Dubai-based consultant for app makers in the Iranian market.
Gershad does not describe itself as a form of protest, but its website describes it as a “social movement” and asks: “Why should we give up the most basic right of choosing what clothes to wear?”
An online video advert shows patrol members, rendered as dopey-looking cartoon figures, fidgeting impatiently at a checkpoint as the app diverts the flow of pedestrians away from them.
“Wander freely!” says the tagline.
Smartphone messaging applications are popular in Iran, where half of the population is aged under 25. Young Iranians use apps to share news and jokes that would not be allowed in the tightly controlled traditional media.
A recent poll suggested that about 20 million Iranians, around a quarter of Iran’s population, use Telegram, a messaging app with a focus on privacy and security.
Many young Iranians hope the lifting of the nuclear-related sanctions last month will be accompanied by an easing of cultural restrictions, particularly if an election on Feb. 26 ushers in a more moderate legislature.
But hardliners in the establishment have moved to block any relaxation of the Islamic Republic’s social rules, warning of the “infiltration” of Western culture. Thousands of moderate and reformist candidates have been barred from standing in the elections.

Gershad’s interactive map at times shows dozens of checkpoints in Tehran and other Iranian cities but also flags checkpoints in London and Los Angeles, showing the potential unreliability of data provided by an online community.
Some Iranians have expressed concern on social media about Gershad’s digital security in a country where the authorities frequently arrest social media users for sharing what they regard as “immoral” or “subversive” content.
The developers said they were working to better detect false reports. They said their servers were based outside Iran and that they do not collect user information when users report checkpoint locations.
Gershad’s website says it uses Psiphon, a Canadian-made app designed to circumvent censorship. Psiphon co-founder Michael Hull said his company’s technology allows users in Iran to open an encrypted connection to Gershad’s servers outside the country, making their activity harder to block or detect.
“Once they have that tunnel, the traffic that’s going back and forth is just mixed in with the rest of the Psiphon network,” Hull said.


Yes, this app is still sorely needed in 2016- as you can see, below are a few brand new crackdown banners. I hope one day, these banners will no longer need to exist, but as long as the crackdowns go on, I will make banners to mock those who instigate them to to celebrate the women targeted for their fashion.




Even at a so-called “international” film festival, they attacked the outfits of the attendees…so I brought justice on them the best way I know how… enjoy!




Here’s a two-part one that summarizes the whole thing perfectly…



All-Black Outfit by the Mountain Sledge

The contraption you see behind the girl is something known as the “Tehran sledge” – basically, a motorized sled that travels on a track in the mountain resort of Darband (located above North Tehran). Her all-black outfit – trench coat, pants, high-heel boots, and open scarf pushed back by sunglasses to reveal long red hair- is a timeless classic that fits all seasons.


Green Coat and Scarf at Charity Bazaar

Here is quite an appropriate outfit for today’s post – a dark olive green, wide manteau worn with a silk scarf one shade lighter that shows off the girl’s dark hair. Skinny pants and tall black boots with buckles complete this stylish outfit, which was worn at a charity bazaar. Hope she bought something good there!



Manteaus Getting Snowed On

It’s winter; thus, the snow must make an appearance, at least once in a while. :-) This classic black puffy parka manteau and the black snood worn pushed back to show the glossy dark hair are surely getting snowed on a bit.


This photo is a double rarity- first, it shows a girl riding behind a man on a motorcycle, which is often associated with defying authority and proudly showcasing one’s love, and second, it shows a lace overlay manteau with white lace over a black background and a black leather belt. I do love how the coat matches the black scarf, black leggings, and  tall white flat boots- so stylish in the snow!


Red Flared Manteau With Two Red Scarves

This red manteau has an interesting shape – fitted above the waist and a wider flared hem below the waist. The girl is double-scarfing as well – darker red pashmina worn up and a red and black striped scarf around the neck- and still the pashmina shows hair! This is exactly how classical double-scarfing should look like. There are a few girls in pushed-back snoods behind her too, but unfortunately, their outfits are not visible.


Light Blue Manteau and Snood- Island Style

Yes, this outfit is from a resort on Kish Island- you can see the palm trees in the background, and no overcoats/jackets are being worn …a winter dream :-). The manteau is made of nice light blue fabric (looks like linen) with a black belt and sleeve straps used to raise the sleeves up. The black snood is pushed back by stylish sunglasses and held up by a tall hairstyle.