by Doe Deer
[Editor’s Note: English is not Doe Deer’s first language, so the article has been a back and forth between our Editors and Doe Deer in order to give you the most precise and clear version.]
Two days after the election, people were celebrating on the streets once more for Iran’s national football team’s win, placing them in the next world cup. The success was important for more than just football fans as it extended a national pride for positive world representation. This kind of successful global recognition is rare for Iran. It was a double celebration.
Despite this progressive victory, I still wonder if this will change the public’s religious views and cultural taboos. There are differences between what religious principles the Islamic Republic emphasises and what is instilled in cultural roots, what has subconsciously embedded itself in the minds of citizens who’ve been raised in such a strictly religious country. Iranians have always held fanatic beliefs, even before the Islamic Revolution, but these days even the most alternative of citizens appreciate any change for more freedom. But regardless of what legalities change, will it shift the cultural perspective on what is currently taboo? Will individuals and families who still abide by the culture’s expectations be able to express themselves and not hide? It is not just about religion, but about personal choice and not fearing attack.
Is it the Islamic Republic’s responsibility or the peoples’?