Saturday, August 14, 2004

Fear of Female Atheletes

I watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics last night and noticed three things. First, there are too many little countries. Many of the participating nations had less than 1million people. Some had less than 100,000. I'm sorry but they don't count. The aren't competing in any meaningful sense of the word and they are raising the cost of the games.

Second, some of the countries aren't countries. Hong Kong is a city in China. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory. "Palestine" is an unallocated portion of the Ottoman Empire. NONE of these should have teams. By this logic New England could send a team. Or California. Or Scotland.

Third, not many Islamic countries sent female atheletes. In fact Amir Taheri says it's "the number of Muslim women participating in this year's game is the lowest since 1960." Not only that, TV broadcasts in Egypt and Iran will not show events that display "uncovered parts of the female anatomy."

"Fear of Muslim viewers seeing bare female legs and arms on television is also shared by theologians in several Arab states."

According to various Muslim theologians female sporting events are against "divine morality" and "sign of voyeurism" that produced "sinful consequences."

Read the whole column. It's comic and sad.


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