Real Feminism: Iran's Only Female Olympian Defects, Rejects Hijab
While America's professional leftist feminist campaign for theocracies in Iran and Gaza, Iranian women risk their lives to take a stand against Islamic oppression. That's what the difference between believing in the rights of women and in the supremacy of identity politics comes down to.
Kimia Alizadeh, Iran's only female Olympic medalist, says she has permanently left the country, decrying what she called the "injustice" and "hypocrisy" of an Iranian political system that uses and humiliates athletes for political purposes.
"Should I start with hello, goodbye, or condolences?" she wrote on Instagram on January 11.
The 21-year-old Alizadeh, who won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the 2016 Rio Olympics, did not say where she was writing from, but in the past has said she wants to settle in the Netherlands.
In her statement, she said she wanted nothing more than "taekwondo, security, and a happy, healthy life."
But she said she no longer wanted to "sit at the table of hypocrisy, lies, injustice, and flattery."
"I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran with whom they have been playing for years," she wrote.
"I wore whatever they told me to wear," she said, referring to the Islamic veil, compulsory for all women in public in deeply conservative Iran.
"I repeated everything they told me to say," she wrote, adding that "none of us matter to them."
In October, Alizadeh made the BBC’s list of 100 most "inspiring and influential women from around world" for 2019 based on this year's theme of the "female future."
I doubt she'll be making any future media lists now that she rejected the headcovering and is no longer acting as a shield for the Islamic regime.