Hardliners in Iran’s government have ordered men not to look at women during Ramadan, and wives are forbidden from having sex with their husbands, but experts say it has “nothing to do with Islam.”
“Yes, Iran has launched a sex strike,” said noted religious sex policy expert Alyssa Milano. “But that has nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with economic pain caused by U.S. sanctions.”
Others said the strike “plays right into the hands of misogynists.”
“It’s almost like the puritanical monsters trying to control our vaginas and our wombs would win,” wrote Sirena Bergman in the UK Independent. “But because this topic is so viscerally vital for so many women, I understand why, in the heat of the moment, Iran got it so wrong.”
The sex strike comes as the U.S. is building up its military presence in the Persian Gulf, and the country’s judiciary has announced that those eating in public during the fasting period are also in breach of laws and will be prosecuted.
“My personal advice to women is to respect the hijab even more than before and gentlemen must avoid looking directly at females,” Gholam- Hossein Esmaili, a judiciary spokesperson said.
“Anyone ignoring these instructions during the Ramadan will be committing an offense and should expect some punishment from law enforcement.”
The morality police in Iran added that they will now arrest anyone playing music on their car radio and will tow their car away and hand them a heavy fine.
This article has been updated with additional feminist viewpoints about the role of puritanical monsters in Iran.