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反抗禁令 伊朗女性与男性同看世界杯


2014-06-25 14:27:00




It is rare for women and men in Iran to enjoy the thrill of sports together in public, but it happened over the weekend when several restaurants and cafes appeared to ignore a ban on broadcasting the World Cup.


Inside one Tehran coffee shop, a young, veiled Iranian woman held her fiancé's hand tightly as the seconds ticked down in Iran's heart-stopping World Cup match against South American powerhouse Argentina.


Another woman gently bit her French-manicured nails as she sat between two male friends who were drenched with nervous sweat and fast losing their voices.


Throughout the rest of the cafe other women intermittently cheered, gasped, and shouted instructions at the direction of the big screen TV.


"100 percent it's better this way," said Negar Valayi. "It doesn't happen often. It would be great if we have more of this."

“这么做百分之百更好。”内加尔·薇拉伊(Negar Valayi)说道。“这并不常发生。如果我们以后能像这样聚得更多,就太棒了。”

"It's actually much better to watch it with a bunch of people around because it makes you feel more excited," said Roya Marzbahan.

“实际上与一群人看比赛的感觉更棒,因为这会令你更激动。”罗娅·玛斯巴汗(Roya Marzbahan)说道。

Authorities in Iran banned women from entering most sporting events following the 1979 Islamic Revolution because mixed crowds enjoying games was deemed un-Islamic.


For the past 35 years, the crowds at football games -- Iran's most popular sport -- have been all male.


Iranian women were briefly allowed to attend volleyball matches during the presidency of moderate Mohammad Khatami but the ban was reinstated in 2005 when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to power.


In an apparent effort to avoid mixed crowds watching this year's World Cup, authorities warned restaurants not to broadcast games.


"We were told not to turn on the TV because it might create some problems," a restaurant hostess told CNN on the phone.


In more subtle measures designed to deter mixed crowds, women don't appear on World Cup billboards throughout Tehran, and state TV uses a delay of several seconds during matches to censor images of female fans deemed too racy for viewers.


But in a country where conservative social norms often clash with a young, defiant, fun-loving population, women have continued to demand equality.


Earlier this month, several Iranian women snuck into a men's volleyball match in Tehran disguised as Brazilian fans, state media reported.


Others protested outside the match.


"We have rights too. We should be able to go to games," said Negar Valayi.

“我们同样享有权利,我们也应该能够观看比赛。”内加尔·薇拉伊(Negar Valayi)说道。

"They're taking our rights," said Roya Marzbahan. "It's our right to watch our teams."

“他们在剥夺我们的权利,”罗娅·玛斯巴汗(Roya Marzbahan)说道,“看我们球队的比赛是我们的权利。”

This month state media reported that female Vice President Shahindokht Molaverdi was "investigating" the ban on women attending volleyball matches -- a sign perhaps that Iran's moderate President Hassan Rouhani is heeding Iranian women's demand for equal rights to enjoy sports.

本月伊朗国家媒体报道,女副总统莎辛多·莫拉维迪(Shahindokht Molaverdi)正在“调查”女性到场观看排球比赛的禁令——也许是一个迹象,表明伊朗温和派总统鲁哈尼正在关注伊朗女性享受体育运动平等权利的需求。

(译者 lunaliuliu945 编辑 齐磊)



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