Iranian men from the country’s Kurdish Community are promoting women’s rights in a rather unusual fashion – by getting their drag on. The campaign is in response to a recent court ruling that forced a man convicted of domestic abuse to wear women’s clothing as punishment. The man was paraded down the streets of Marivan in a woman’s dress in order to humiliate him. Now, in an online solidarity campaign, men from across the world have posted photos of themselves cross-dressing.
The sexist punishment was deemed misogynistic by feminists in the country. 17 Iranian MPs wrote to the justice ministry decrying the ruling. A 1,000-person street protest was also organised to denounce the judge’s decision. The campaign’s message is simple, according to one of the organisers: “Being a woman is not a means of punishing and humiliating anyone”.
Over 150 photographs of men dressed in all manner of dresses, veils and scarfs were uploaded to the group Facebook page, which has been ‘liked’ by more than 9,000 Facebook users. A number of women have uploaded pictures of themselves in men’s clothing to show their support.
It’s not yet known if any of the men plan on taking on Jinkx Monsoon and Alaska in RuPaul’s hit show Drag Race…