Iran and women don’t mix well. Unless by “mix well” you mean Iran beating the salaam out of its women. In which case, consider them thoroughly mixed. Or maybe that’s pummeled. Iran’s sexism really comes out when sports or games are involved (see PROGRESSIVE ISLAM: Eight Iranian Women Arrested For… Attending a Soccer Game?!).
Chess is no exception. Just last year, the World Chess Championship was held in Iran. Esteemed female chess players from all over the world had to show up in a hijab because Iran hates women. Our latest example? This magnificent female chess player was banned from Iranian chess for all(ah) of eternity. Her crime? Refusing to cover up her promiscuous hair. Indecent harlot!
But now she’s onto better things:
A leading Iranian chess player, barred from her country’s team after refusing to wear a headscarf, will now compete for the United States.
Dorsa Derakhshani, 19, who was born in Tehran, was forbidden from playing by the Iranian chess federation following the Gibraltar chess festival in January … The Iranian chess federation announced it was banning Derakhshani for not wearing a hijab. It also banned her brother, who had played an Israeli entrant in Gibraltar.
Derakhshani has since moved to the United States where she attends St Louis University and plays for the school’s team. She will now compete as an official United States chess player.
“It feels good and … peaceful to play for a federation where I am welcomed and supported,” Derakhshani [said].
Dorsa also mentioned she would like to become a dentist one day. Playing chess, pursuing her career, being able to walk outside without a male escort, not having to don a black Snuggie at all times. These are all things Dorsa Derakhshani now has to look forward to. Like the saying goes, America is the land of opportunity. And not being caned because you’re a woman.
By the way, feminists? Real oppression and rape culture is a thing in Islamic countries. Notice how this lass came to the United States to escape sexism. This serves as a reminder that the United States is leading in equal opportunities for all (see WAGE GAP? Female CEOs Make More Than Male CEOs. Waaaay More…). An interesting tidbit of information one might want to consider the next time one claims “America IS rape culture!!!” or whatever.