Iran has a dress code for women, and rules about conduct in public are strict. Unmarried couples who date or engage in hand-holding can find themselves on the wrong side of the law. Nina and Ahmad have lived happily together in their small one-bedroom apartment for years.
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Sexual problems are common among the middle-aged women; however, there is no deep understanding of sexuality in midlife. This is a descriptive qualitative study. Seventeen women aged 40 years old were purposively selected from urban health centers in Gorgan, Iran, in
Still, Azadi had to balance independence with caution. And I managed to live there for two years without anyone harassing me. Their numbers are increasing as divorce becomes more common and more women attend universities, exposing them to careers and incomes independent of men who, by law and custom, are supposed to be their guardians.
I had entered Iran during the depths of winter and was beginning to wonder if this had been a mistake. It had taken four days of hitchhiking to get to Tehran and I was still getting used to a country where I had yet to see another backpacker. I had accepted that backpacking Iran was going to be a very different experience to traveling in any other country I had visited before.
Rabat — Marriage—what is the point of it? It is to bring two people together through love, to build an economic relationship through which families can unite, to satisfy social and cultural requirements for men and women, for women to find a means of economic sustenance, or for males to exploit females for their household labor. Throughout the world, understandings of marriage and the reasons why people marry seem to vary greatly.
In the Islamic Republic of Iransex outside of marriage is a crime, punishable by up to lashes or, in the case of adultery, death by stoning. Inside the shrine, I struck up a conversation with a year-old woman and asked whether she had ever contracted a temporary union. She had.
I always thought that compared to my Islamic brethren, hailing as I do from the individualistic, tolerant shores of Great Britain, I was the liberated one. The one who had long ago shed inhibitions and lost the ability to be shocked. But now, in bed finally with S, the man I have spent the past few years chastely and platonically in love with, I am shocked.