Nazi Paikidze is a real feminist role model

1-qilwftc2zlqsfjcs-p8ovw Unlike the third wave feminists that dominate so-called feminist thought in the world today, Nazi Paikidze is not interested in gender pronouns, labels, or blaming the patriarchy. Like the original Suffrage feminists, she is concerned about standing up for women’s legal liberties, in particular the oppressed women of Iran. Unlike third wave feminists who virtue signal with rants on social media at no cost to themselves, Nazi is actually putting her career on the line in order to make a stand against the way that Iran oppresses its women.

The best-ranked female chess player in the United States has said she would rather sacrifice her career than submit to demands to wear a hijab at the next world championship.

Nazi Paikidze, the reigning US Women’s Chess Champion, swore to boycott the 2017 contest, which is being held in Iran and will have an enforced Islamic dress code.

Paikidze admitted that the decision will harm her career, but said that doing the bidding of an oppressive regime in order to compete is not a price worth paying.

In an interview with the founder of My Stealthy Freedom, a campaign against Iran’s hijab laws, she said: “I will NOT wear a hijab and support women’s oppression. Even if it means missing one of the most important competitions of my career.”



She is sticking to her guns despite attempts from chess officials to silence her.

Susan Polgar, who chairs the women’s committee of the international chess governing body, told Paikidze to keep her objections to herself in a tense exchange on Twitter.


Polgar had previously told players to respect “cultural differences” and go along with wearing the hijab.

She then tried to win over sceptics by praising the “beautiful choices” of fabric on offer.

Other players have also threatened to boycott the contest, including Carla Heredia, a former Pan American champion from Ecuador.



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  • jaundiced

    Good on her. Those who’s inclination to avoid conflict (what does it matter if you go along with hajib just for a day or so) are legitimising the on-going oppression the hajib represents.

  • Support and gratitude from the people of Iran? I thought they all chose and were happy to wear these things, isn’t that what we are continually told?

  • Crowgirl

    I hope no one turns up and they have to cancel the whole thing. If chess is being used politically to effect change in some oppressive countries, then why give the contest to a country that then tries to enforce its oppression on others? Surely the point of the whole thing is to try and effect social change in that country through the medium of chess?

    • Flattanker

      Can you imagine all the reasons they can come up with for not having it in Israel, snigger. Just like the world sailing champs of some class or other being held in Malaysia and the Israeli’s were not allowed to compete under their own flag, well just because…. Yet the governing body was just fine about it. It does rather feel like, just shut up and suck up the hypocritical diversity or you’re a racist.

  • Rebus

    Good on her, but why is it necessary to segregate male and female players, in a sport that has no physical strength requirements?

    • JohnO

      There is a marked visual/spatial awareness advantage similar to the muscular strength advantage between men and women. But women have an even more marked advantage in verbal awareness over men. In chess the advantage goes to the superior spatial advantage hence men have an inbuilt advantage over women. To encourage more women in chess they compete on a “level playing field” woman against woman rather than an inherently uneqal competition.

      • Flattanker

        I used to play chess at a competitive level, and I hardly ever saw a female player, more’s the pity. As much as the SJB’s would denounce this difference, it does seem to be supported by inconvenient facts: the absence many of women with ranking of over 2400, ie grandmaster IIRC, in relation to the number of males at that level..

  • dumbshit

    If a few more top players opt out, they’d hardly be able to call it a “world championship” event!

  • jimknowsall

    Two point occur to me…
    1) What on earth is FIDE doing holding their chess championship in Iran?
    2) What kind of parent calls their child “Nazi”?

  • Karl Day

    it is nice to see a news story on feminism that is legit in it’s point (also funny that according to the screen shots it is another woman telling her what to wear, do and say)