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These women, Guardians of the Revolution, are looking for any unorthodoxy in people. Marjane goes to the corner and buys several tapes from men selling Western goods on the black market. She is being sneaky about it until a group of women stops her. They are members of the women’s branch of the Guardians of the Revolution. They interrogate her on her Western dress. They ask her why she is wearing punk sneakers, and Marji secretly thinks they know nothing of what punk really is. They chastise her for wearing a Michael Jackson button and she tries to tell them it is a Malcolm X button because “Back then, Michael Jackson was still black.” They pull her scarf over her head and threaten to drag her to the committee, the “HQ of the Guardians of the Revolution.” Marjane lies and tells them that her mother is dead and that her stepmother is very cruel and will burn her with an iron or send her to an orphanage if she does not go home. The women believe her, or pretend to, and let her go.