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.
You may find some Iranians to be vocal about their opinions, but no matter what they may say, at the end of the day, Iranians are nationalistic. So if you find yourself in this situation, listen without offering your own views. That means no kissing, hugging, or putting your arm around your loved one in public.
Using data from several studies that surveyed someIranian students over the past decade, it found that 80 percent of unmarried females acknowledged being in relationships with members of the opposite sex, while 17 percent of all respondents identified as homosexual. Being in a pre-marital romantic relationship and being homosexual are both illegal in Iran. The report offers a revealing glimpse of the tension within Iran between its increasingly Westernized youth — who are tentatively encouraged by reformist President Hassan Rouhani — and a deflated conservative vision imposed on the nation by its repressive clerical leadership.
A t 1pm last Monday afternoon, a large van was left parked outside the Science Museum in central London. A major security alert ensued. Was this a terrorist threat? Could there be a bomb inside?
Young couples come one after another into the waiting room, and engage in whispered conversations. The teacher, wearing a white gown and a black headscarf, announces the start of the lesson. The couples separate - there are separate classes for men and women.
Like most girls in her neighbourhood in Tehran, Tahmineh is a virgin. In her world, virginity is still revered. Virginity is seen as a marker of decency, of good family stock and morals.
Iranians participated in numerous protests across the country amid deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of systematic government corruption, and popular frustration over lack of political and social freedoms. Security forces and the judiciary have responded to these protests with arbitrary mass arrests and serious due process violations. Authorities have also tightened their grip on peaceful activism, detaining lawyers and human rights defenders who face charges that could lead to long jail terms.
For five years, Maryam, the hairdresser, and Karim, the home appliance salesman, carried on a love affair, meeting secretly at the house where Karim lived with his parents. The young couple's relationship was officially sanctioned by Iran's Islamic Republic, even though unmarried couples who have sex or even date and hold hands can be arrested, fined, even flogged. That is because Maryam and Karim were married.
Sexual practices as an important aspect of reproductive health have many physical and psychological effects on people's lives, there is limited evidence on such practices and their pattern among Iranian women. Hence we aimed to determine different types of sexual practices among 19—45 year old married Iranian women. This cross-sectional study was conducted among married women, aged 19—45 years, attending Taleghani Public Health Center for annual gynecologic examination during November to May using convenient sampling.