Iran’s Youth Ignore Rules

During his travels to Tehran in 2015, Parag Khanna was struck by the ways young people get around rules in a country with the widest gap between government and people.  Young women let their headscarfs drop revealing dyed hair and wearing a tight or slit up the legs coat called a roupush. Women are most of the technical university students. They’re most of the official scorekeepers at games women are not allowed to attend as spectators. It’s common for unmarried couples to live together and only one-third of youth believe that religious leaders should be politicians.

Parag Khanna, “Tehran’s ‘Just Do It’ Generation makes up for Lost Time,” CNN, July 7, 2015.


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