Why is it such a surprise that a sexual revolution exists amidst the "Ayatollahs, religious fanaticism, veiled women" in Iran? Did Orientalism get in the way of depicting the people of the Islamic Republic as progressive in the realm of sexuality?
When Iran beat favourite South Korea last week in a 2014 World Cup qualifier, it was not the only battle being fought in Tehran's Azadi stadium. So was the fight for the right of women to attend soccer matches in the Islamic Republic.
Although sanctions imposed on a nation labeled "rogue" may make some senators more secure about their reelection prospects, they affect people on the ground in a tragically adverse way. For most women, they make life in a sparse economy even more arduous.
Iranian women have once more become the standard by which degrees of freedom can be measured. Their resistance will not only shape Iran's future, but have far-reaching effects on Muslim countries and the way Islam is defined.
While purporting to hold the values of Islam and the 1979 Revolution sacrosanct, the current actions of the Iranian government demonstrate that when threatened, they are willing to turn their backs on both and erase the decades of struggle that improved the status of women in Iran today.