Voluptuous Girls

M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. Tsk, tsk USA Basketball ('cause I UNDERSTAND them must have given the copy an once over.) Please do your part to stop the marginalization of the girls who play for USA Basketball. The USA Women's U18 National Team (3-0) hit a record-tying 31 free throws and received double-figure point generation Aleksandra Marinkovic from eight players as the Americans rolled past Puerto Rico (0-3), 108-44, on June 25 in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

For decades the ban focused largely on football stadiums (the most popular sport in Iran), but girls were allowed to congregate and see matches in public squares, which became popular during the 2010 World Cup. Before the EURO Cup, in 2012, Iran expanded the prohibition to include any area or stadium and wrestling and volleyball matches. Since that time, men and women have been prohibited from viewing matches together in public spaces, cafes, or restaurants. To bar women from arenas in a sports-loving country like Iran is a form of exclusion so perverse that it has propelled much actions. Days afterwards, deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmad declared that Iran would allow women into stadiums.

Fadhila Hajji is proud to have played a leading part in making competitive football a reality for Irish Muslim women inside their teens and early 20s. Hardline clerics insist that it's improper to have girls where they would unnecessarily be combining with men outside their families, where short pants are worn by the male players, and there's usually vulgar language and demeanor, where, the clerics say. Nonetheless, non-Iranian girls are permitted to support visiting teams in Iran, and have attended games—one of the things that's made the ban more excruciating for those subject to it.