A 35-year-old Iranian accountant is diving headfirst into the male-dominated sport of skydiving — a sport that she considers both personally and culturally liberating.
“[Skydiving is] a way to prove that women are just as capable of men,” said Bahareh Sassani, an amateur skydiver who has already completed more than 220 jumps since she started jumping out of airplanes less than two years ago. “I encourage all women to try this experience. It gives you the feeling you can do whatever you want. Women should not be excluded from anything.”
Sassani is one of only a few women who skydive in Iran — she says she only knows of five other women qualified to skydive. But despite her intrusion into the male-dominated sport, and her belief that “there is no difference between men and women and a woman can do anything she wants and succeed,” Sassani says she rejects the notion that she is a feminist. She does, however, embrace the label of patriot. Recently, an image of her jumping with an Iranian flag was even published across Iranian media outlets.
Not everyone approves of her interest in the sport, however.
“Men often avoid women like me, thinking we aren’t made for marriage because we are uncontrollable,” said Sassani, laughing. “But a small number do show an interest in what I’m doing.”
Watch video of Sassani in action below.
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