Biciklistice u zemlji napaljenih fundamentalista
Počelo je nevinim traćenjem vremena čitanjem starih “brojeva” stripa Jesus and Mo, kad sam nabasao na sljedeći strip:
Burcikl?!? 😯 Na žalost, priloženi link trenutno ne radi, pa nisam mogao provjeriti o čemu je riječ.
Iako je od Irana, previše je! Prirodno, pomislio sam da ipak mora biti riječ o patki. Mislim, “islamski bicikl” koji skriva tijela svojih vozačica, jer “erotski” pokreti pedaliranja mogu napaliti slučajne prolaznike… 😆 Već smo mnogo puta imali priliku vidjeti da se žene u Iranu moraju skrivati jer je riječ o zemlji stalno napaljenih i krajnje labilnih seksualnih manijaka, ali ipak…
Dodatnu sumnju potakla je činjenica da nigdje nisam našao sliku, nego samo ponešto tekstova, ne naročito informativnih i uvjerljivih. Najbolji, po meni, je ovaj:
The Islamic Republic of Iran has devised an “Islamic bicycle.” This new vehicle comes fully equipped with a cabin to conceal parts of a female cyclist’s body.
The new technology is less about the bike and more about suppressing women. Iran, unlike Saudi Arabia, allows women to drive cars. In fact, Iran’s top race car driver, Laleh Seddigh, is a woman. Women also ride motorcycles, although they must be accompanied by a man (and must sit behind him).
But Iran forbids women from riding bicycles (thus, the newly designed bike). The belief is that sexuality is easily stimulated in both sexes. The country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced in 1999 that “women must avoid anything that attracts strangers, so riding bicycles or motorcycles by women in public places causes corruption and is thus forbidden.”
Vigilantes, ever ready to terrorize women who dare transgress, attack female bicyclists. When Fae’zeh Rafsanjani, who was elected to Iran’s fifth Parliament, insisted there was nothing un-Islamic about bicycle riding, militants physically assaulted her. Never mind that she was the daughter of a former Iranian president.
Surely the desire to keep women in their “proper place” is not the monopoly of Iran. Mobile, independent women are feared in other parts of the world. Vehicles also are seen as upsetting domesticity by giving women the means to travel to forbidden territories.
These fears surfaced in 19th-century America. The newly invented bicycle, which was also used by women, was seen as a threat to the social order and a provocation to promiscuity. It was also seen as a catalyst for change. Suffragists and early women’s rights advocates called it a “freedom machine.” Susan B. Anthony said, “The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world.”
Iranian women know gender apartheid and understand the value of freedom of movement. In a 2000 movie, The Day I Became a Woman, one protagonist, Ahoo, is a fully covered woman participating in an all-women cycling tournament. She is speeding ahead when her husband threatens to divorce her. “Get off the bike,” he orders. Ahoo prefers divorce. She leans over the handlebar and pedals faster. Then her father, brothers and village elders gallop beside her on horseback and command her to get off. Ahoo defies them, picking up speed and focusing on the road ahead.
Iranian women, like Ahoo, have broken out of the bounds of established spaces and cultural limits. The bicycle ban, like the Islamic bicycle, is a desperate but ultimately futile attempt to control them.
Farzaneh Milani is professor of Persian literature and women’s studies at the University of Virginia.
Srećom, imam poznanika iz tih krajeva, pa sam ga priupitao što zna o tome. Reče da nikad čuo (tip nije baš lociran u Iranu), ali je zaguglao na perzijskom (za znatiželjne: دوچرخه اسلامی ) i našao da je priča istinita. Evo i slike (tada je stvar bila u fazi dizajna… ne znam je l’ dospjelo dalje od toga):
Naravno, sam naziv “islamic bicycle” je doveo i do malo manje ozbiljnog dizajna od strane nekog internet korisnika. Evo, potupnosti radi, i tog alternativnog dizajna:
Baš me nešto uhvatilo pisanje o biciklima zadnjih dana… 😆