The world of chess has produced many great minds. Minds who tend to speak logically and give zero toots about political correctness (see Russian Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov Smashes Bernie Sanders Socialism). Such admirable qualities offer even the chess-challenged fans a little something for which to cheer.
The most prominent ladies of chess have achieved quite a bit in the name of equality. Like this lass — she will forego defending her two World Champion titles, all in a raised middle finger to Saudi Arabia’s female oppression. Take notes, feminist truffle butter.
“In a few days I am going to lose two World Champion titles – one by one,” Anna Muzychuk says. “Just because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia.”
For Muzychuk and her sister Mariya, another chess pro, their refusal is on the grounds that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not treat women with anything even approaching equality – a country where the sisters would not be allowed outside unless escorted by a man.
“[I decided] not to play by someone’s rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside, and altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature,” she said in an emotional statement.
“Exactly one year ago I won these two titles and was about the happiest person in the chess world but this time I feel really bad. I am ready to stand for my principles and skip the event, where in five days I was expected to earn more than I do in a dozen of events combined.”
It can’t be easy watching one’s hard earned title fall to someone else without a fight. But Anna is fighting a bigger, more important fight. She’s taking a stand against Saudi Arabia’s mistreatment of women. No male escorts or hijabs over here, thanks. Her brain is far too powerful to be smothered by Islam’s oppressive head blankie.
Remember how we said modern feminists would never be relevant until they addressed Islam’s abuse of women? Women actually are speaking out against such bullcrappery (see ‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Calls Out Feminist Hypocrites: STOP Ignoring Islam’s Abuse of Women). But you’ll notice a pattern: they aren’t outspoken feminist icons. You don’t see feminists celebrating these women for speaking up. You also don’t see feminists, say, leading marches for this cause. Interesting.
Anna Muzychuk is the kind of woman little girls should be looking up to. Instead, feminism plops down feminist dumpling Amy Schumer. Hard pass.