At demonstrations marking the 25th anniversary of the U. Embassy takeover last month, participants handed out cards listing companies to boycott, including Calvin Klein, because they do business with Israel. So Iranian entrepreneurs buy brand-name goods abroad and resell them in their own shops -- often with the brand replacing the shop name on storefront signs.
"I was asked this question countless times during my month travelling through the Islamic Republic, and my answer was always the same: "I love it; it's an amazing country full of beautiful, friendly and generous people." But I was always more interested to know what Iranians' ideas about Iran were, and I didn't need to do much asking because their opinions were usually forthcoming."In Iran," one young man said while giving me a lift on the back of his motorcycle, "we cannot do what we want to do.
For example, if a man and a woman want to have sex but they are not married it is not allowed.
Amputation is still seen as legitimate punishment and the age of criminal responsibility is skewed; for girls it’s nine, for boys it’s 15.
A new form of engaging in sexual relationships has sprung upon Iran's virtual scene as of late, and is being widely criticized. It's legal, unlike dating websites and most chat rooms. I want to get to show off my body as much as the next woman does. In a 50-minute session, it's not only the man who is sexually satisfied.
Even before the advent of social media, prostitutes passed their phone numbers from one client to the next in order to avoid soliciting in the street.
Social media provided a chance to expand the network of potential clients.The transformation of Iran's most cosmopolitan city is reflected even in its traffic.In the early years of the revolution, checkpoints manned by morality squads often popped up at night to ensure that women riding in cars with men were either blood relatives or spouses.In a world of mass communication, it sort of goes without saying that we'll end up spending a lot of the day chatting to men.We're not just talking illicit sexting with a guy we've just met on Tinder, but, like, entirely harmless conversations with people who happen to be blokes – tweeting silly puns to randoms, emailing someone for a restaurant booking, posting inappropriate links onto friends' Facebook walls.Imagine, then, being banned from talking to all of these men. The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has just issued a fatwa banning unrelated men and women chatting online.