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This Woman Got Around A Men-Only Soccer Stadium Rule In The Best Way

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Posted on August 15, 2018, at 9:48 a.m. ET

This is 26-year-old Parisa Pourtaherian.

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She's an Iranian photojournalist who has covered international soccer matches in Germany, Sweden, and Austria.

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At the beginning of the month, pictures of her doing her job went viral.

Iranian women journalists aren't allowed to cover men's football inside the statium. But Parisa Pourtaherian has reportedly become first woman photographer to cover the top national league, from the top of a neaby roof! https://t.co/Y8SSCcziYx

The picture, which was taken by her colleague Abolfazl Amanollah, showed Pourtaherian getting a shot of an Iranian soccer team β€” from a rooftop outside the stadium.

It was the first week of the Iranian league, and Nassaji FC were playing Zob Ahan FC of Isfahan.
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It was the first week of the Iranian league, and Nassaji FC were playing Zob Ahan FC of Isfahan.

Pourtaherian's ingenuity was needed because since 1979 women have not been allowed inside Iran's soccer stadiums.

This rule was briefly relaxed during the last World Cup when β€” eventually, and after some pressure from protesters outside β€” women were allowed inside the Azadi stadium to watch Iran's team play Spain on a giant TV screen.
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This rule was briefly relaxed during the last World Cup when β€” eventually, and after some pressure from protesters outside β€” women were allowed inside the Azadi stadium to watch Iran's team play Spain on a giant TV screen.

But that wasn't stopping Pourtaherian. Amanollah told BuzzFeed News that Pourtaherian had searched for hours to find a spot to work.

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"All of a sudden, her presence on top of that building caught everyone’s eyes including myself. We were all very happy and deeply excited to see such a thing happen."

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After her pictures went round the world, people loved her.

Iranian sexist rules prohibit women photographers from entering the stadium to cover the football, while Parisa Pourtaherian gives zero fucks, professionally & symbolically twisting a fucking huge phallic object in her hands as she shoots from the goddamn roof πŸ“ΈπŸ’›πŸ’…πŸ» https://t.co/B9jTiVFr8l

"Iranian journalists are not allowed to cover men's football matches from within the stadium. But Parisa Pourtaherian became the first photographer to cover the league from the roof of a nearby house."
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"Iranian journalists are not allowed to cover men's football matches from within the stadium. But Parisa Pourtaherian became the first photographer to cover the league from the roof of a nearby house."

They praised her general badass attitude.

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"I have to confess that all of this reaction and positive feedback was a bit weird for me at first," Pourtaherian told the BBC. "I was not thinking about what the reaction would be in the first place; I was just focused on taking photographs."

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She said the overwhelming reaction had been a celebration of her action: "All I have received is positive energy."

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Pourtaherian said that her dream was to photograph Manchester United playing at Old Trafford β€” and to see women able to enter stadiums with men in Iran.

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"I do really hope that, one day, Parisa, as a great talent, gets to be present at stadiums at each and every game like other male photographers and capture frames the way she wants," Amanollah said.

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BuzzFeed News has contacted Pourtaherian for comment.

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