Iran's Sexual Revolution

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 09:02
Submitted by Carlin Ross

For the last 30 years, Iran has quietly been experiencing a sexual revolution.  Premarital sex is common...people are putting off marriage...the divorce rate is up...sex work is thriving:

The head of Iran's state-run Social Welfare Organization recently told the BBC: "Certain statistics have no positive function in society; instead, they have a negative psychological impact. It is better not to talk about them" -- but available figures suggest that 10 to 12 percent of Iranian prostitutes are married.

This is especially surprising given the severe Islamic punishments meted out for sex outside marriage, particularly for women. More surprisingly still, not all sex workers in Iran are female. A new report confirms that middle-aged wealthy women, as well as young and educated women in search of short-term sexual relationships, are seeking the personal services of male sex workers."

They thought this sexual revolution was the result of women being educated like these Iranian students pictured left. But what became clear is that regulating every aspect of citizen's private lives created systemic rebellion. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, the Iranian regime has imposed strict codes of conduct - all facets of private life are regulated by Islamic law.

Sex has become a form of passive resistance.

When Betty describes the 1970's, it feels like the same thing happened. Having sex on your own terms was giving the finger to the war machine, misogyny, racism, and homophobia. No state can take away your orgasm - restrict your body. They may make you wear a head scarf (or a dress) but they can't control your clit.

Viva La Vulva

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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“Sex and the Citadel” by

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 11:39
Alexandra2 (not verified)

Sex and the Citadel” by Shereen El Feki is a great book that explores this at great length -- the Arab culture and their views on sex, how times are changing but the "rules" remain the same.... the battle of new world vs. traditions that have been around for generations.  Very interesting.

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