Monday, September 10, 2007

Sex Education in the Islamic Republic of Iran

The instructor held up an unfurled green condom as she lectured a dozen Iranian brides-to-be on details of family planning. But birth control was only one aspect of the class, provided by the government and mandatory for all couples before marriage. The other was about sex, and the message from the state was that women should enjoy themselves as much as men and that men needed to be patient, because women need more time to become aroused.

Read more on International Herald Tribune. Michael Slackman writes "Iran is full of surprises."

Also, BBC's Jim Muir's report on Iran's flavourful condom production!

(Although abortion remains illegal, unless the mother's health is endangered, condoms and birth control pills are dispensed for FREE at government funded health centers across Iran.)

18 comments:

Octavian said...

It's pretty bad when what we style as a religious fundamentalist state is less afraid of sex than my liberal home of America.

I didn't not expect this. Thanks for letting me know.

TomCat said...

Women? Enjoy it?!!? Our US theocons would faint at the prospect!

Naj said...

LOL!

I know Tom, I know! :))

RickB said...

Wait, enjoy themselves...women need more....Well y'know if Iran is going to spread this kind of malicious propaganda it's no surprise Bush wants to shut them up.

Naj said...

In fact,

When we were teenagers, our version of the Hustler and Playboy was the religous books of "manners" so to speak, detailing the "good" bedroom behaviour ;)

They of course had detail descriptions of how to poop, how to pay taxes, how to eat and etc as well.

an average patriot said...

naj
Sex Iranian style! The Neocons could learn something there too. They really have turned American progress back 100 years. I hope america can regain her humanity if and when these idiots are gone!

Larry said...

Iran has more to offer than we knew before.

Daniel said...

What ever happened to the days of 'Wham, Bang, Thank you Ma'm?'

Enjoyed that post, Naj. It's great to see humans are the same the world over and that religious ideology is being questioned by more and more people.

Love your blog! Cheers.

Brother Tim said...

In some ways, Iran is more progressive than America. Americans like to preach tolerance, while being some of the most intolerant people on earth. Good post, Naj.

I'm still putting my thoughts together on the latest 'letter', I should have it up tomorrow.

PoliShifter said...

That's going to get Republican Right Wingers and Evangelicals even more in a twitch to bomb Iran.

OT Naj, I was gone most of the day but when I got back I saw your link...I fixed it so it was clickable and checked it out. Very scarey stuff! I'll have to do a post on that in the future. Thanks for sharing.

Renegade Eye said...

I couldn't believe what I was reading, had to look twice.

Good blog.

JollyRoger said...

The Iranians are more enlightened than the Jesusistani Dominionists in the US? Now THERE'S a shock! (snort)

Octavian said...

Thanks for the response. I'm enjoying catching up on your blog.

enigma4ever said...

what tom said.....and free preventive care....wow

Ann said...

LOL Great post and responses. Puritans of the world everywhere, beware!

Servant said...

I learned everything I know about sex from the Sears catalog. My wife says I should have paid attention to the underwear models instead of the power tools.

Sex is like diplomacy. It's loud and messy but it certainly beats the alternative. And you should do it with as many people as possible! :D

Naj said...

Honestly guys, Iranians are quite puritan. All this sex-talk used to be limited to the "religious" circles! I know it is oxymoronic, but that is the way it is!

Anyways, I am a puritan myself, thus quite uncomfortable to talk about sex. :)

Larry Gambone said...

Great blog, Naj. Just found you through Renegade Eye. One thing, North Americans know zero about Iran, its magnificent culture and history. Hell, most of them think you are Arabs! Maybe your blog will help change things. Looking forward to reading more of you.