The Transition of Iranian “Sexuality Paradigm”: From Fundamentalist Period in 1980s To the New Season after the 2001

To Understanding the social sexuality of Iran, the author designed a model for analyzing the different aspects of it. According to him, “Sexuality” is a “Paradigm” which exists in Biocultural Context. In the “Sexuality” is a main process, which has inputs and outputs. The inputs of it are “Cultural Man” and “Cultural Woman” and the output is Reproducing the Society. For analyzing this system, He combined the AGIL Model of Talcott Parsons and Habermass’s distinction in the Public and Authority Spheres to realize it between these elements, Public Sphere part: Latency and Adaptation; Authorities Part: The Goal Attainment and Integration. In this way, the Latency was put on the centre of socialization, Adaptation defined on the issue of sex roles and practices; Integration was understood by the maintenance strategies for the sexual paradigm; and Goal attainment was analyzed by the society reproduction concept.
In this way, the paper separated in two parts: Sexuality paradigm in Fundamentalist Period of Iran in 1980s and Cyber-Sexuality paradigm in the new Era after the 2001. For understanding them, every part was analyzed in all of the four aspects of the model. Additionally, the methodology of this research is contextual analyze and documentary method. On the first area, all the sex education and family consulting books, which were written by the Iranians and published or republished in 1980s, were contextual analyzed. With documentary studding the 80 decade of Iran, the author extracted the sex roles and behaviors of Persians on that era. On the other hand, the laws, stereotypes and religious orders that were common on this period were considered and documented. Furthermore, the ideological and demographic information of the Iran from 1979 to 1989 were analyzed.
On the next step, we confront with the cyber-sexuality paradigm of Iran (2001-2008). For understanding the cyber latency of the Iranian sexuality, we take the context analyzes as the main method. However, for accessing to the research universe, we use the Google, Altavista and Parseek Motorsearches and seek to Persian weblogs and sites that put the Sex Education as their central issue. At last, 15 live sites were found. Therefore, these pages were examined by 5 kinds of factors: Internet User Appealing of Websites; Biologic Issues; Sexual Behavior methods; Medical Area; and communicative aspects of the sexuality. In regard to Adaptation area, the research divided in three parts: Internet Chat, Social Network Systems and Persian Pornography and contextual analyzes were used for realizing our complete or random samples which included: 72 Iranian profiles in Yahoo 360; 12 porno sites, 4 sex forums, 1552 pornographic images, 270 porno movie clips and 614 sexual stories, which are encoded and analyzed completely. Then, the Integration and Goal Attainment parts were regarded. In this way, the author studied the on line and offline laws, stereotypes, and religious orders, which surrounded the cyber sexual behaviors of Iranians with documentary methods. Beside, the demographic and ideological information and the relation of the Persian offline world and its representation on the on the online sphere were considered for the Goal attainment of Persian cyber space. At last, the conclusions of two parts (Fundamentalist and Cyber Periods) were compared and its clear transition of Iranian “Sexuality Paradigm” was showed.

Keywords: Sexuality Paradigm, Iran, Public Sphere, Authority


Anonymous said...

Hi Soban -- thanks for visiting my Cultural Studies' class blog. Yes, blogging is a very useful way of getting students to have some significant discussion outside of the classroom. You've got a very cool blog, yourself! Keep up the good work!

Best, Kristin Scott

Nazanin said...

Hi dear SObhan,

It's such a pleasure to know you. Actually I'm doing exactly a cultural study on the cyberspace and Internet and the case study of Iranian blogging culture on the basis of Habermasian public sphere and communicative action. I'd love to read the abstract you told me about but I couldn't find it. Could you please send me the link. I can't wait to read it. Actually I'm chewing almost everything I find in relation to public sphere.
By the way I have a very nice old friend at your uni called Leili, maybe you know her.

Nazanin said...

It's interesting,
What sources are you looking at for challenging gender? I strongly recommend (however I'm sure you know yourself) Nancy Fraser reading of the public sphere. She is very good in it, also Seyla Benhabib's scrutiny in such discourses is praisab.

Nazanin said...

Hi Sobhan,

I think it's interesting. Good Luck. I see if I had any brief and good material from Benhabib I'll let you know. My email is

Maybe Calhoun's book is a good one. Anyway, since I don't work particulartly on sexual concepts, which I think are really interesting, I'm not in the position to say much.
Good luck