The city of Tehran explodes with festivity, and the bus becomes caught in a traffic jam as a spontaneous street party begins.Borrowing seven sparklers from the boy with the fireworks, the women and the soldiers leave the bus and join the party, holding the sparklers above them.We condemn from a high feminist horse, completely ignorant of just how much power Iranian women have and exercise.If we want to actually stand in solidarity with them we must recognize the complicated truth: despite their limiting circumstances, we have a lot more in common than we think. At this point they were all grinning because they must know how misconceived the rest of the world’s vision of life in Iran is. They say, ‘Oh, Americans have sex casually, lets have sex casually times 10.’” Both men agreed. The woman explained, “basically the country is divided into two halves: the supporters of the government and the liberals. And then there’s the private life of the liberals, and it’s very indulgent. They also assured me of the presence of a massive gay underground community in Tehran as well as the prevalence of prostitution. Well, yes, but, “it’s illegal but it’s also political,” the woman said. It’s not that they give a shit about religion, they’re just using it as a political tool to suppress people.” The men nodded in agreement. You can’t hold hands with someone or you’ll get arrested.
When asked why, she explains that she is not really interested in football; she wanted to attend the match because a friend of hers was one of seven people killed in a scuffle during the recent Iran-Japan match, and she wanted to see the match in his memory.At the stadium, she persuades a reluctant ticket tout to sell her a ticket; he only agrees to do so at an inflated price.The girl tries to slip through security, but she is spotted and arrested.One of the younger girls needs to go to the toilet, but of course there is no women's toilet in the stadium.A soldier is deputed to escort her to the men's toilet, which he does by an increasingly farcical process: first disguising her face with a poster of a football star, then throwing a number of angry men out of the toilet and blockading any more from entering.