Young Iranians delaying marriage.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Premarital sex (Surveys)
Premarital sex (Influence)
Abortion (Causes of)
Pub Date: 11/01/2009
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: Nov, 2009 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 34
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Iran Geographic Code: 7IRAN Iran
Accession Number: 225074450
Full Text: A survey by the national youth organisation of Iran found that more than one in four men aged 19-29 had had sex before marriage, and 13% of these cases resulted in unwanted pregnancies that led to abortion. Sex outside marriage and abortion are outlawed under Iran's Islamic legal system, and despite the government's goal of promoting marriage, the average marriage age has risen to 40 for men and 35 for women. The organisation who disclosed the statistics later tried to dismiss the findings as based on an unrepresentative sample. According to the organisation, Iran has 15 million single young people, seven million of whom are past the government's recommended marriage age of 29. The trend is producing the "unpleasant and dangerous social side effects" of premarital sex. The government introduced a 720 million [pounds sterling] fund to provide marriage loans, and there are plans to establish marriage bureaux to help people find partners. Many blame economic circumstances for their failure to marry, but the trend may also be due to the availability of premarital sex and feminism among educated women, who no longer want to accept masculine domination through marriage. (1)

(1.) Tait R. Premarital sex on rise as Iranians delay marriage, survey finds. Guardian (UK), 29 December 2008.
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