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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating glimpse of everyday life in Tehran, 6 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Passionate Uprisings: Iran's Sexual Revolution (Hardcover)
An Iranian anthropologist (trained and mainly resident in the US) presents seven years of qualitative research into the sexual behaviour, attitudes and dress codes of young Tehranis and their parents. She touches on homosexuality and bisexuality more briefly than I would have liked, although it is clear from the interviews she does set out that both are present (and female bisexuality possibly quite widespread) amongst her informants; she states that these issues require a wider study. She does not address transgender at all, possibly for the same reason. However, this is a very interesting read and provides a fascinating glimpse of the complexities of life in Tehran, the strategies young people use to carve out spaces to party, drink alcohol and have sex in defiance of the komite (morality police), and the success they seem to be having in changing attitudes amongst their elders (including some of the younger komite members). If you think of Iran as monolithically conservative, this would be a good corrective. It would also be a good read if you are interested in any of daily life in Iran, sexual health, or the political uses of personal choices such as dress and sexual behaviour.
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