Exploring the Context of Women’s Sexuality in Eastern Turkey (1998, English)
The impact on women’s sexuality of the imbalance of power in sexual relations is clearly visible in the Eastern region, where a high rate of female illiteracy, a desolate economic situation, a variety of customary and religious practices which are often in breach of official laws, and specific forms of cultural violence and collective mechanisms aimed at controlling women’s sexuality produce a wide range of violations of women’s human rights. This article examines consent to marriage, marriage customs, polygyny and the potential consequences of extra-marital relationships for women as important elements of the context of women’s sexuality in Eastern Turkey.
Reproductive Health Matters Vol. 6, No. 12, November 1998, p.66–75