As a twenty-three-year-old man explained: “In Iran, all things related to sex had a door, a closed one. I love it.” Another young man said: “Have I ever had group sex?
Now we, this generation, are opening them one by one. Well, yes, with a few women at a time, but who hasn’t done that?
As one man said, “Sex is the main thing here; it’s our drug, it’s what makes our lives bearable, that’s what makes parties so necessary.” “If we don’t live like this, we cannot exist in the Islamic Republic,” a woman declared.
“We hate our government, despise our families, and our husbands make us sick.
The punishments meted out by the morality police could be harsher.
One evening, she accompanied her friend Babak to a party held in a huge garden with beautiful hanging trees.
“Welcome to the jungle,” a young man said as he greeted her.
Although physical punishment has decreased in recent years, Mahdavi notes, young people are still detained and harassed by the morality police.
Yet stories of being apprehended and arrested by the morality police were sometimes told with pride; occasionally, even parents were pleased that their children stood up for their beliefs.