A female Iranian bodybuilder was arrested for publishing photos of herself in her work-out clothes, reported the Daily Mail. She was charged with violating the Islamic Republic’s laws on nudity and thrown in jail after being unable to post bail.
The identity of the body builder was not published but media speculated that the photos were of Shirin Nobahari, who, along with another Iranian woman, participated in an international competition last September.
After the women initially posted pictures of themselves online, they were issued a warning by Iranian authorities.
“Nude” in Iran is any body part that is not covered by the mandatory Islamic clothing – i.e., arms, legs or hair.
Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is a member of royal family who has served as Saudi Arabia’s minister of the national guard since May 2013. He is also chairman of the board of directors of the riding club in Saudi Arabia.
Mutaib objects to Saudi women forming equestrian clubs, which would make it easier for them to compete in competitions. In a recent press conference, he sarcastically answered those who object to this policy, saying, “There are horses jumping competitions and clubs and women can participate in them in the capital Riyadh and other cities, but they [the women] need to lose weight to participate.”
Finding no humor in his comments, Saudi women reacted angrily to Mutaib’s insult and demanded that special riding clubs for women be established.
One woman, identified in social media only as Yasra said to Mutaib, who is quite overweight himself, “Like your ideal body … you should live and be well.”
Another woman, Rared, expressed her dissatisfaction with the repressive Saudi society, saying, “We are women, we don’t have clubs like the men, and we don’t have places where we walk without being harassed, but all they do is take care of men with fat bellies.”
Amina Suliman had enough of the conservative culture in the Gaza Strip – not to mention all the years she spent as a child in Damascus. So, she went for a bike ride in the wee hours of the morning one day in the Jabalia refugee camp.
Not satisfied with this small amount of “liberation,” Suliman wanted to share the experience with her friends. She and her friends now ride through Gaza’s streets, but not without the condemnation of the conservative crowd who the activity shameful behavior that damages Islamic cultural traditions.
The group, however, refuses to look back and have continued riding through what is often a tense atmosphere.