"Certain prejudices against women have nothing to do with Islam," he said Friday, several days after lifting the ban [on women's attending sporting events]. The speech seemed to present him for the first time as a supporter of expanded rights for women. "Unfortunately, whenever there is talk of social corruption, fingers are pointed at women. Shouldn't men be blamed for the problems, too?"That's quite a concession, that men might actually share some of the blame for social problems.
Why the feminist turn for Ahmadinejad? According to the article, it's a play for votes, albeit a risky one.