Archive for May 14th, 2005

You Go, Girl!

NYT has a profile of Iran’s first female race car driver. Apparently a pretty damn good one, too.

“I like competition in everything,” the striking 28-year-old said after parking the car and going for tiramisu in a cafe in North Tehran. “I have to move whatever is movable in the world.”

In March, she moved the nation when she won the national championship. State television refused to show the new champ on the victory dais elevated above the men, but photographers captured the moment. She stood quietly while receiving her medal, as she had promised the race organizers she would, with a scarf over her long black hair and a coat over her racing uniform.

Ms. Seddigh is a lively, energetic symbol of a whole generation of young Iranians who are increasingly testing social boundaries. Seventy percent of Iranians are under 35, and they have gently pushed for, and received, freedoms unimaginable even a few years ago. For women in Tehran, at least, head scarves are often brightly colored and worn loosely over the hair. The obligatory women’s overcoats are now often tight and short.

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“I’m not a feminist,” she said. “But why should women be lazy and weak? If you’re determined, you’ve got to push.”

Any female race car drivers in Iraq or Afghanistan? How’re those invasions working out for the women over there? Will there be any female race car drivers in Iran after we invade?

6 comments May 14th, 2005 at 03:27pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Afghanistan,Coolness,Iran,Iraq,War


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