Sex education in the Islamic Republic of Iran
September 8th, 2011
01:50 PM ET

Sex education in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Editor's Note: Michelle Moghtader is a graduate student at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. To submit pieces for consideration, email the Global Public Square's managing editor at amar[dot]bakshi[at]

By Michelle Moghtader – Special to CNN

Sex is a taboo subject in Iran, but in a rare, progressive move, the Iranian government has released a sex-ed DVD entitled Ashenayeh Mahboub or “The Beloved Companion”.

The video starts with two flowers flirtatiously swirling around each other. Then, one flower encapsulates the other. This is followed by a shot of hundreds of swimming sperm. (You don’t have to understand Persian to enjoy the first few minutes of this video, set to the sound of Richard Strauss’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra, better known as the theme from 2001: Space Odyssey). FULL POST

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Topics: Iran • Odd • Sex