This Woman Tackles Iranian Law By Dancing

Throughout history, people have come up with the most creative ways to defy outrageous laws in their countries. There are those that stand in unison, blocking major highways and causing a public fuss. There are those that paint messages on walls, forcing everyone’s attention. There are those that record themselves rebelling, and upload it on public networks for the world to see. And then there are those that dance their hearts out on subway trains.

Yup. An unidentified woman revolted against Iranian conservative laws by dancing on public transportation, in Iran, to a very particular song. So what, right? Wrong. In a 68 second video of intense movement to the song Salute by Little Mix, this lady broke 2 Iranian laws when her scarf fell off her head: dancing, and being without a headscarf in public. The entire idea behind her public display is simple, but moving.

Her dancing is likely in response to the severe punishment given to a group of young Iranians, who uploaded a video of their music video rendition to “Happy” by Pharrell.  It’s easy for us to sit at home and gasp at the intensity of the situation. Maybe even start a petition. It’s a whole other story to publicly defy Iranian law, in Iran, and then broadcast it to the world.

There is a clear message in the intensity of her movement: she owns her body. The hijab that continues to fly off her head is simply a piece of cloth. It wavers with movement. It falls with motion. And she pulls it back up over her head almost every time, because she’s in control of the situation. She wants everyone to know. She is fighting against the controlling regime. She is taking initiative. And she is having fun doing it.

Iranian women are almost never portrayed in the light of activism and liberty. This young woman, who remains anonymous, is rebelling against her government. And she wants everyone to know she isn’t afraid to do so.

To quote “Salute” by Little Mix, the background music to this woman’s public defiance, and another clear message she screams through her erratic, passionate dance:

Ladies all across the world
Listen up, we’re looking for recruits
If you’re with me, let me see your hands
Stand up and salute


  • TheReal

    Saudi Arabia is worse. Iran is bad, but our friend Saudi Arabia is worse.

  • Jekyll

    So maybe she should have started twerking to fully ridicule Iranian Law, and no doubt wonderful Muslim Feminist would support that as well :)

    • Fatima

      You seem to have left a comment on almost every post on this website. You clearly have some deep complex about your masculinity since you devote so much time to criticizing and twisting anything that stands up for women. If you’re confident in your beliefs then stop trolling this website and go away.

      • Jekyll

        Thanks for confirming feminist puedo truma b.s.

        You don’t know me sweetheart; don’t act like it.

        • Fatima

          All i am saying is if you do not like feminism and what it stands for then you don’t have to look at this website and spend so much time and energy on it. There are plenty of other websites that you can look at. When you leave so many repeated angry comments (some of your comments on other posts are indeed very angry) it becomes trolling and serves no purpose.

          • Jekyll

            Right….that’s why I am not on everydayfememism but largely you seem to not understand what a troll is.
            I am a musliin and an anti-femmeist so naturally I would see what arguments are and whatnot.

          • Fatima

            If that is truly the case then debate constructively instead of leaving demeaning and immature comments. I’m not going to respond to you anymore.

          • Jekyll

            Fem is immaturity incarnate
            Thank you for your time

      • Jekyll

        If you can please defend…

  • Zeinab AC

    Why are we discussing Islamic societies with the same scorn that Western media does? The fact that Muslims are wont to condemn a society for having public decency laws that are in accordance with Islam is deeply disheartening, and this condemnation indicates a facile understanding of Islamic jurisprudence and Iranian society (I’m not Iranian, for the record).

    So while you fall in line with American mainstream media in condemning Iran because “Omigod people can’t do the Happy Dance,” you are just propagating the stereotype of Muslims being dour, angry people, when in actuality, we are just sober, modest people

  • g

    But there are oher girls on this train not wearing a scarf… So what’s up with that?