April 2007- Farvardin 1386 - Cultural Heritage and Iranian Identity
"Today’s young generation, in particular, has rebelled against the traditions of its forefathers, who were generally inclined towards simple living and abstinence. This young generation wishes to derive maximum enjoyment from life, even under very restrictive conditions. Naturally, this zest for life and emphasis on the present is not restricted to the home and family. It seeps out of the tight boundaries into the public arena, as defined by the ruling ideology and clergy. This is why, according to the regime’s perspective, the wearing of shorter outer robes or capri pants in public spaces is considered a symbol of opposition to Islamic ideology and therefore not tolerated."