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This custom often necessitates a woman climbing two long flights of stairs to take clothes up to the roof, rather than using a line in the garden.
The Age Of No Hope When sexually active, women are constantly controlled and watched until they reach what is called , the age of no hope.
Correspondingly, the parents' most important duty is to ensure their daughter remains a virgin until her wedding day.
That part of a girl's body is considered to be more important even than her eyes, arms or lower limbs.
I started screaming I was so scared, but I stopped when he started hitting me... Ranging from executives to illiterate housewives, the women speak with frankness of sex and marriage, physical and mental violence, the fear of scandal and their indoctrination into the ideology of honour and shame.
I'd met him face to face for the first time that day; we were on our way to the honeymoon in Basra.
(Labiba)The Most Important Role of Iraqi Parents is to Insure Their Daughter Remains a Virgin Until Her Wedding Day Young females are socialized to fear men and sexuality and to protect their virginity at all costs.
They are taught to avoid strenuous exercise, jumping from heights, or sitting on sharp edges, in order to keep their hymen intact.
If you follow the Iraqi blogosphere, there is a lack of illumination on women's issues.
Hide Your Eyes, Women's Underwear Is Present Clothes are normally dried on a washing line on the roof, to keep them away from the eyes of inquisitive neighbours.
It would be particularly shameful for women's underwear to be seen.
Men's expectations of sex are high, but since women have no experience and their husbands have no interest in making it pleasurable, it is hard for them to achieve sexual satisfaction.
It is important to stress that men themselves do not wish to initiate their wives into sexual fulfilment because they believe it will make them promiscuous.