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Montchan

I absolutely agree! When I was in Marocco, the only way to stop being treated like a tourist was to slap on a head scarf, and a looooong skirt. That, with a pair of sunglasses, made my life bearable.

And yes, when i visited Iran, I LOVED wearing my super-fancy cover get-up. It was winter, and I wore a long purple leather coat and a purple scarf with silver stars on it. I blended in quite nicely. All I needed was a band-aid on my nose, and I could have passed for a Teheran socialite with a nose job. I am actually thinking of going to Iran to get my nose job there. Rock bottom prices and excellent quality.

dongurigal

Montchan, I remember seeing all the nose-job ladies. Beautiful faces marred by white bandages across the noses. If you do go there for a nose-job, I say you've got to write about it for the NY Times. That is a story and a half.

Montchan

Totally!!! I am fighting to get my SA passport back for that reason.
:-)

jean

I'm a bit think, but I don't get the nose thing in the comments -- are there really all these women walking around with nose jobs??

Have I mentioned my friend before who worked at a fundamentalist school, wearing the whole black outfit (is it a hejab? I can never remember the names of all these things) and all, and nothing underneath except for a leopard-skin bikini? She loved it!!

Thanks for the font info -- found it and will use it - gracias!

jean

P.S. I meant 'thick' in the first line, not 'think'! And I'm thinking it's called a 'chador'...

Montchan

Totally Jean!! Totally!!!

because the face is the only feature that they can show off, they do whatever money can buy to make it more beautiful. And nose jobs are easy, fast and efficient. Wearing a bandage on your nose is a status symbol in Teheran.

Christine

Dongurigal, what a thought-provoking post. You're right about the feeling of privacy that is achieved by covering your head/face/body. I've never been somewhere where I've had to cover anything (other than the regular areas :) but you can even get that feeling of privacy just by wearing a hat or scarf, as well. I can imagine that the feeling must be even stronger when wearing something that is actually designed to hide you from the world.

Thanks for the thought-provoking post.

Lotus

When I lived in Dubai I asked the local women if it bothered them to wear the hijab and the answer was always a resounding "No, we welcome it". Like you said, dongurigal, they welcome the privacy it affords them and, believe me, when you're not on display, there is so much one can observe about life and people. However, it's one thing to wear the hijab in an Arab country where it is customary, I think it must be quite another thing to wear it in a western country - I haven't yet had the opportunity to ask a veiled woman in Canada how she feels about the hijab and if she is treated any differently for choosing to wear one.

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