Strangely, it is the hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has been arguing that it is not the government's job to crack down on people's style of dress.
The regulations concerning art galleries, for example, have been relaxed a little. Though any sense of greater freedom has been removed by the arrest of so many of Iran's leading artists and creative talents, such as the film director Jafar Panahi.
Posted by Steve S at 2:17 PM
Is there a chance that the recent political upheaval will bring some degree of liberalization to Iranian society? Qua Jeremi Suri's idea that social upheaval spurred detente, it's a fair question to ask -- and the BBC is suggesting an answer: