M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. Tsk, tsk USA Basketball ('cause I KNOW 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 production Beautiful Women 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.
Yet, women were still denied entrance into Azadi Stadium to watch this summer the six international matches sponsored by the Iranian Volleyball Federation. Any politicized reasoning for keeping women from sport is enraging; more frustrating is international governing bodies of the sport who merely release press releases and after that vanish—or heads of federations whose disingenuous opinions don't help.
Fadhila Hajji is proud to have played a leading role in making competitive soccer a reality for Irish Muslim girls in their teens and 20s. Hardline clerics insist that it is improper where they would unnecessarily be mixing with men outside their families to have women at matches, where shorts are worn by the male players, and where, the clerics say, there's commonly vulgar language and behaviour. Nonetheless, non-Iranian girls are let to support visiting teams in Iran, and have attended games—one of the things that's made the prohibition more unbearable for those subject to it.