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Sexuality and concealment among Iranian young women
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education and Teacher's Practice.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5432-8883
Shahid Beheshti University, Iran.
2018 (English)In: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Criminalization of sexual relations outside the institution of marriage in Iran fosters – among other means – concealment as one of the safest methods to undermine social and legal impediments. In a context where any alternative practices of sexualities are subject to persecution, sexual concealments are applied as tactics for survival. The female body in such a normative-laden society is conditioned by its “openness” which makes it a subject of honor for family and kin and core for the management of desire and regulating the intimate for the theocratic state. Based on life stories of young women who have had pre-marital sexual relations in Tehran, this article addresses sexual concealment as the main method used by those women. Findings of the study suggest a three-fold model of concealment practiced in various social settings. Body concealment which was encouraged by the families and authorities to reduce the visibility of the female body during adolescence, engenders other types of concealment. Lesbian-like practices were utilized by women in homosocial settings to undermine the heteronormative social structure. Concealment of sexual orientations, desires and practices was applied to “keep the order of things in place” and to undermine the repressive policies and practices based on the socio-religious normative.

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London: Sage Publications, 2018. p. 1-13
Keywords [en]
Female body, Iran, lesbian-like, Muslim women, sexual concealment
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Social Sciences, Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89155DOI: 10.1177/1363460718797047OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-89155DiVA, id: diva2:1351693
Available from: 2019-09-16 Created: 2019-09-16 Last updated: 2019-10-02

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