Passionate Uprisings Iran's Sexual Revolution

ISBN-10: 0804758565

ISBN-13: 9780804758567

Edition: 2008

Authors: Pardis Mahdavi

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Perhaps there is no place in the world where the stakes of partying and having sex are as high as in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Drinking and dancing can lead to arrest by the morality police, accompanied by up to 70 lashes. Consequences for sex outside of marriage can be even more severe-up to 84 lashes, and public execution is still a legal punishment. But even under the threat of such harsh possible punishment, a sexual revolution is taking place. Iranian youth continually risk personal safety to meet friends, date, and, ultimately, to have sex. These youth have become part of a self-proclaimed revolution, where sexuality represents freedom and changes in sexual behavior are considered political activism. In the absence of any option for overt political dissent, young people are attacking the Iranian regime-a regime that finds much of its power through dictating personal behavior and relationships-by undermining the government's moral fabric. With unprecedented access inside Iran over a period of seven years, Pardis Mahdavi gives us an unparalleled look at daily life. Through her, Iranian youth are given a voice as she tells the stories of their quest for both sexual freedom and political reform. A firsthand witness to this insatiable hunger for change, she offers an intimate look at young Iranians' hopes and desires for a better future. But it is not a future without risk. As Mahdavi shows, this sexual revolution is also leading to increased levels of abortion, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and ongoing emotional troubles and mental illnesses, with worrying implications for the Iranian youth. Passionate Uprisingsis framed by the author's own struggle to find her identity as an Iranian-American and learn more about the culture of her own family. As her fascinating and personal journey chronicled in this book reveals, the ongoing sexual revolution provides not only an invaluable insight into the real lives of much of Iran's population, but could even destabilize the current regime and change the course of Iranian politics.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 9/4/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342

Pardis Mahdavi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College and a consultant for the International Women's Health Coalition. She previously was editor-in-chief for "Slant Magazine," as well as a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund, and has written for the "Los Angeles Times Magazine," As part of her research for this book, Mahdavi visited Iran over a period of seven years, starting in 2000.

Welcome to Tehran
Life in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Tehran Chic
Meeting, Mating, ... and Cheating in the Islamic Republic
High Risk
The Adults
Growing Up in the Islamic Republic?
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