Spiky hair and low waist jeans are front page news in Jordan. Al Ghad reports that an official in the Ministry of Interior has expressed his astonishment at the rumors of a government campaign against guys and girls who adopt “strange” fashion practices.
So it’s official. If you have spiky hair you don’t have a reason to fear a fine of JD 25.
The rumor has apparently been spreading across the country.
And, as expected, many people really really wanted this rumor to be true. I mean.. yeah! Spiky hair and other “stuff” like that is “dangerous”. Today spiky hair, tomorrow who knows.. Maybe an alien invasion that will turn all Jordanians into green frogs. God forbid. Our society has got to be “vigilant” against such “strange” fashions!
Al Ghad quotes both sides of the argument: The part of Jordanian society that is ultra concerned about “the manliness of men” and the other part that considers hair and clothes fashion a private matter.
This whole “strange” fashion business boggles my mind. I guess wearing jeans was considered a “strange fashion” by some people a few decades ago. Now it’s OK, I guess. And if spiky hair is strange, what about people with other extreme hair styles, like very long beards for example. They also stand out in a crowd, don’t they?
Personally, I find neckties the strangest fashion item of all. I’ve never worn one. Not even on my wedding day. I mean why do people walk around with a piece of cloth around their neck that serves no function at all?!! I am an anti-tie fundamentalist and I want to start a political party calling for the ban of ties. I will get funding from Iran if I have to.
And I love it when Hajjaj’s audience misunderstands him. Yesterday, as the rumor was raging, Al Ghad published the above cartoon. Abu Mahjoob tells the young man: “I saw the hair-raising prices. And my stomach is so empty, my pants slipped down. So, son, have solidarity with me. Get a spiky hair cut and pull your pants down in defiance of the price-raising hypocrites who are concerned about morals.”
If you read the comments on this cartoon on Hajjaj’s site, you’ll find a lot of people who apparently didn’t get the idea and where praising Hajjaj for a cartoon that they understood to be condemning the fashion! Some people did get it but where not happy because the cartoon condoned the fashion!
You just can’t make everyone happy
But the best part of Al Ghad article was all about the Arabic names of the new emerging youth fashions:
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So apparently there are pants that are called “let’s mop the floor”. Girl’s blouses that reveal the navel are called “Daddy allowed me” (also called “Abu Surra” which is the name of a variety of oranges that have a ‘navel’). Then there’s the “spiky” haircut and “AWAKS” haircut (whatever THAT is!). Finally any guy wearing an earring is called a “Tante”.
“Leave those kids alone”