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Sexualities: Practices: South Asia
(1,683 words)

In South Asia, the literature points to women in general as being sheltered from sexuality in comparison to men. Narratives about sexuality suggest social norms define a “good” woman as being one ignorant of sex or passive in sexual encounters (Amin et al. 1998) and men are expected to have uncontrollable sexual urges (Caldwell et al. 1999). Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, research is sparse. Despite social prohibitions on sexuality, the little evidence available finds significant leve…

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Rashid, Sabina Faiz, “Sexualities: Practices: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0199f>
First published online: 2009

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