‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public

“I love to take off my headscarf,” says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. She’s sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables in the Mother’s Paradise, a park in the Iranian capital. She’s wearing a fringed mint-green T-shirt through which you can see her bare stomach. “We can wear airy clothes here, and that’s a freedom I really enjoy.”

  • ontario john

    These women are obviously not feminists, because the Toronto Star states that wearing a bag over your head is a victory for feminism.

  • Martin B

    Meanwhile, back in the free world, Gloria Steinem and her fellow feminazis are hugging every hijab hag they can find:

    • disqusW6sf

      Looks like palestinian nazi Linda Sarsour is with Steinem.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Don’t link to the Guardian. Their motives is to put a nice shine on Islam.

  • Shebel

    They are Muslim—-
    If they can’t find HATE– then
    They will create HATE.