Open Coats and a Flashback to a Concert

I have a couple miscellaneous things to post…originally, I was just going to post a beautiful photo of open (button-less) manteaus. Some idiots out there hate them because they proudly reveal the full outfit underneath…well, you know what that means – I love them! I even have a beige knit one like this myself! The ones here are great too- one is jersey knit and bright yellow, while the rest are silk and flower-printed.

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And then,I found a purported statement from a woman who was allegedly featured in a series of crackdown photos that were intended to humiliate those who enjoy underground hip-hop music. These women were arrested at an underground hip-hop concert in North Tehran back in 2010, and their photos were taken with their faces forcibly covered so as to say “You do not exist and do not matter”. I was deeply outraged by this event because I know how underground hip-hop is incredible and serves an important social purpose. In my city, underground hip-hop is an industry in and of itself and disproves many stereotypes created by the media regarding “hood life”. It has been a tremendous force for change in myself, making me confront so many things about myself that I could not deal with for YEARS! So, I created beautiful defiant crackdown banners which you can see below to show love and support for these women!

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And now, let us hear one of these women (she is very careful about concealing her identity, and I understand why- that sick government is probably watching her) speak about her experience in her own words.
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They arrested us for being ourselves and wearing the way we pleased. Then they took a photo of us and posted it with pride on their websites numerous times . How do I dare now to look into the camera and take a photo to show that I do not like the compulsion? I am even deprived of this stealth freedom
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The girl who got humiliated over and over again as the photo of her arrest got published countless times
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Hoping for the day they arrest thieves (possibly referring to the big thieves who hold the power over the country) instead of us!
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