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Azerbaijan: More Shorts for the People

On August 2, in the capital, Baku, young Azerbaijani men and women marched in shorts through the center of town to end the “stereotype” that wearing shorts is “immoral.”

It may not have been a civil-rights campaign, but it was a push for tolerance.

Though practices vary country to country, traditional views in the South Caucasus, regardless of religion, hold that real men do not wear shorts and show their legs like skirt-wearing women. At least, not off the beach.

“If you walk in them on the beach, that is considered normal, but if you show up in the city, then you can’t help but notice the curious glances of passers-by….” read an editorial in Day.az. “Curiously, if a girl wears shorts, and very short ones, it does not cause a similar reaction.”

At best, shorts are considered by many as something a teenage boy could wear, woefully observed the news service.

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