Magazine article New Internationalist

Sexism's a Drag

Magazine article New Internationalist

Sexism's a Drag

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Kurdish men have launched a remarkable cross-dressing protest in support of women's rights. Hundreds of men posted photos of themselves in dresses on Facebook in response to an Iranian court's decision to punish a male convict by parading him through the streets in traditional Kurdish women's clothes.

The 'Kurd Men for Equality' page, which now has over 16,000 fans, shows young men challenging patriarchy alongside mature, hairychested men, with photos of themselves in colourful, shimmering gowns.

Their online solidarity action followed a demonstration by Kurdish feminists in Marivan, northern Iran, who were met with police violence.

The impact of the campaign went beyond social media shares. The glare of global attention resulted in changes: Marivan's Chief of Police eventually made a formal apology to Kurdish women.

Masoud Fathi, a Kurdish poet, activist and feminist, was among the first to upload a photo to Facebook. …

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