Our planet is a huge place in which you can find a variety of different people, traditions, religions, philosophies and beliefs. There are also many people who believe in something more deeply than others, and this is great, because it makes the world more interesting. However, some of these beliefs are strange, to say the least.
For instance, do you believe arresting an Iranian female bodybuilder after possibly publishing her gym photos online is a good or bad thing? If you believe it’s bad, or at least you don’t think it’s the best way to treat people, then there’s more to this story you should know about.
The primary reason this bodybuilder was arrested is because her photos were deemed to be “nude.” So, this woman, who was accused of breaking the Islamic Republic’s laws on nudity, has been locked in prison as she couldn’t pay the bail fee of two million rials (equal to about £50).
While the woman’s identity isn’t identified, many people believe she is Shirin Nobahari, who is one of two women who was in an international competition and was reported to have been warned about her photos that she posted on the internet afterward.
Her popular Instagram account, which contains many photos and videos of her showing off how she works out and shows her biceps proves she is really a serious bodybuilder. Yet, the Iranian judiciary’s own news agency doesn’t seem to care much about that and mentioned one of the female bodybuilders has been arrested because she published “nude” photos on social media.
To make it clear, in Iran, “nude” can refer to women even if they aren’t wearing a headscarf or reveal such parts of their body as legs and arms, which must be covered when they are in public.
But still, Iranian women are allowed to participate in international sporting events if they strictly respect Islamic laws on clothing. For example, Iranian female swimmers must wear head scarfs and full bodysuits, while football players must wear long sleeves and tracksuits. If they don’t accept these conditions, they aren’t allowed to participate even if they are the best female athletes in their country.
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So, it makes the life of Iranian female athletes much more complicated because sometimes it’s just too hot or uncomfortable to hide all your body under the clothes. On the other hand, Iranian male athletes can freely choose what to wear, so it doesn’t cause any problems.
You can realize this by taking a look at the photo above in which you can see a rising Iranian star Sajad Gharibi. He is a bodybuilder, powerlifter and wrestler who is only 24 years old but weighs more than two grown men. It doesn’t cause him any problems even if he decided to show his photos online, so he enjoys being popular and liked by many people.
Sadly, if you’re female and you live in Iran, you don’t have such a privilege. Then you have to hide every part of your body under your clothes or you’ll be called “naked” and thrown in prison.
Do you believe it’s the right way to treat Iranian female athletes? If you do so, then yours and our beliefs are completely different. We believe every person has the right to work out and enjoy their results in the best way they see it fit.
If you aren’t happy about Iranian women who have to deal with these complicated nakedness rules, then spread the word by sharing this post. After all, bodybuilding becomes more and more popular in Iran, so it would be great if we could see more of these amazing Iranian female bodybuilders in the future.