June 22, 2011
Posted: 846 GMT
From CNN's Global Public Square
By Michelle Mariam Moghtader, CNN
Every year before summer rolls around Iranian authorities tighten clothing restrictions. Normally the “Moral Police” crackdown on the women forcing them to wear their hijab so that it covers all of their hair, for example. But since last year, the "Moral Police" have been targeting the men too.
Last summer, the Iranian government issued a men’s hairstyle guide.
This year, they banned necklaces for men.
In addition, Iranian state TV has taken issue with jeans as well. A YouTube videofrom Iranian state TV features a discussion in which jeans are said to actually come from the word "jinn" – invisible creatures who know the unknowable. The young man in the video says wearing jeans is also supposed to have a hazardous effect on a man's testicles because it raises the temperature. This, according to Iranian state TV, renders men infertile.
This annual clothing crackdown is the government’s attempt to distract citizens from their real problems. Iran suffers from large scale unemployment and internal political paralysis. It is also facing the threat of even more sanctions.
Will talk of sorcery or criticizing jewelry stop the Iranian people from thinking about their real problems? Unlikely.
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