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Sarah Shourd Too Sexy For Iranian Hard-Line Website

Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal at a news conference in New York following the men's release from Iranian detention late last week.
Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal at a news conference in New York following the men's release from Iranian detention late last week.
An Iranian hard-line website has posted doctored pictures of Sarah Shourd, who is seen alongside fellow American citizens Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, the two men recently released from Iran after being charged with espionage.

“Mashreghnews” blurred the arms and bosom of Shourd, Bauer's fiancee and one-time fellow detainee, to make her presentable by Iranian hard-line standards. 

A picture in which Shourd is kissing Bauer has also been blurred.

The distorted pictures of the U.S. citizens during their joyful reunion have been posted on several other Iranian websites as well.

The exposure of uncovered female body parts is considered un-Islamic and inappropriate by the Iranian state and the media often blur, retouch, or Photoshop pictures that might be considered offensive. 

Earlier this year, the neckline of EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton was shifted upward in pictures accompanying media coverage of her meeting with an Iranian official.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Demetrius Minneapolis from: West Wing
September 26, 2011 22:39
Wait.... Women have arms and bosoms?
Signed,
An Iranian male without satellite tv
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by: Dementius Maimunapolis from: Uncle Tom`s Cabin
September 28, 2011 11:57
You`re bloody right,my deeyuh Dim-metrious,they bloody have and they are all Virgins from Langley.Will ya sent me yer latest copy of ~hustler` magazine because someone stole mine???

by: Pandarus from: The whitest of houses
September 28, 2011 11:48
Well well well dear western brothers and sisters and in-betweeners,they should have posted good old Hillary in a playboy centerfold or Uncle Tom Obama in a Honcho center spread.Please,keep yer Hustler morality to yer western whitest of all houses of yer already setting rising suns.
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by: Skipdallas from: Mineola, TX, USA
September 29, 2011 14:19
One word: HUH?
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by: Timoty Leary from: The opium den
September 29, 2011 22:35
dear skipdallas,please cut down on your designer`s drug of today or you will forget the only word in your dictionary.
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by: Skipdallas from: Mineola,TX, USA
September 30, 2011 10:20
Hi Tim, As you can obviously can see, I have at least three words in my dictionary! So There PFTTTTTTT ! :-)

by: patricia from: new york
September 28, 2011 13:16
wow. what a "suppressive" belief system. that isn't god. that is a man made belief system.
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by: Herpderp from: Herpderp
September 29, 2011 02:12
There isn't a god. Every religion is a manmade belief system. How have you not yet realized this?
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by: Skipdallas from: Mineola, Texas, USA
September 30, 2011 12:30
I agree with your assesment of religions,however, I am openminded as to the existence of a supreme being or God as you put it. But to argue this is silly, because we will never really know the answer

by: Yoga Enthusiast from: California
September 28, 2011 13:27
what a bunch of hypocrites. The Iranian government should be overthrown.

by: Anonymous
September 28, 2011 21:51
You should use the word 'censored' instead of 'doctored,' as it implies fakery, which is not the case here.

by: Jason from: US
September 29, 2011 07:34
I guess just like Hijab is too much for the "free" West like France, Belgium and Germany to tolerate, so is the sexual exploitation of females as pure sex objects is for Iran.
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by: undertoad from: bangalore, india
October 03, 2011 13:40
Really Jason. Two people, two fully clothed people expressing joy at a reunion is sexual exploitation? And keeping women in a shroud, as chattel, as baby making objects whose humanity is circumscribed by stupid rules made up by, frankly, Victorian sounding moralists, isn't?
grow up guy.

by: John Bomers from: Concord, CA. USA
September 30, 2011 20:09
Who writes this stuff? Too sexy indeed. I for one am sick and tired of looking at those fools and reading about them. I recently read that their religion was kept secret so as not to make their stay in Iran worse. Give a break. And then to come up with that they were innocent hikers. Yeah right.
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by: Lecter H.
October 06, 2011 10:46
"Prominent Iranian Activists Condemn Pastor's Death Sentence"
...that's why their religion was kept secret...

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