Four Female Chess Champions Officially Boycott World Competition Because Iran Tried To Force Them To Wear Hijabs

Four Female Chess Champions Officially Boycott World Competition Because Iran Tried To Force Them To Wear Hijabs

Remember this next time some purple-haired weirdo in a vagina costume tries to cry about how oppressed she is because taxpayers don’t want to pay for her birth control.

Back in September, we talked about the World Chess Championships being held in Iran (why in Iran, I have no clue) and how the Iranian government told all the female champions that they had to wear hijabs in the country during the competition, or risk arrest.

America’s chess champion, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, was the first to step up and tell the Iranian government where to stick it. She said that she was considering not competing if she had to comply with an oppressive and demeaning demand.

Well now, according to this, Paikidze and three other competitors have made it official – they are NOT going to compete in the championships because Iran refuses to back down –

[I]n an act of real feminism, at least four female chess players who have rightfully earned a stop at this year’s Women’s World Chess Championship held in Tehran, Iran—Carolina Lujan, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, Irina Krush and Mariya Muzychuk—have courageously boycotted the event over the hijab mandate.

“Some consider a hijab part of culture,” wrote Paikidze, in a September Instagram post. “But, I know that a lot of Iranian women are bravely protesting this forced law daily and risking a lot by doing so. That’s why I will NOT wear a hijab and support women’s oppression.”

Paikidze also started a petition to get the championship organizers to move the event somewhere else. While that doesn’t seem to have worked, what she wrote on the page speaks volumes about the issue –

A petition launched by the young U.S. chess star demands a change in venue from the World Chess Federation because of the hijab mandate.

“These issues reach far beyond the chess world,” reads the petition. “While there has been social progress in Iran, women’s rights remain severely restricted. This is more than one event; it is a fight for women’s rights.”

When no venue change was granted, these four heroes decided to use their platform and their voice to combat the female oppression via boycott.

Paikidze rebuked those whom criticized her move to boycott, writing, “For those saying that I don’t know anything about Iran: I have received the most support and gratitude from the people of Iran, who are facing this situation every day.” Which is wholly unsurprising.

I’ve never competed in chess, but I have been in competitions of one kind or another. I understand what it takes to become the best in your field and how hard you work to get there. It would have been easy for these women to say “Fine, I’ll wear the head scarf – it’s just for a few weeks” and then go on with achieving something amazing.

But by standing up for themselves – and the truly oppressed women in Iran – they’ve brought attention to this issue. Sure, progressive feminists in pussyhats probably don’t give a crap about it (when have they ever?), but it’s good for once to see a group of women taking a stand for something that truly matters. It speaks well of them and it also shows the hypocrisy of so-called “feminists” marching for “vagina rights” or whatever it is they’re calling it.

These chess stars are all champions in my book.


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