Now, in the virtual personal ads, mahriyyeh is code for the price of the sexual encounter itself, or the fee the female candidate charges.
Seyyed Mohammad-Ali Abtahi, former vice president of Iran (under Mohammad Khatami), believes this is a good way for sexual activities to be performed, because women are protected and men are assured of their sexual partner's health.
In a recent interview with an Iranian website, Ebrahim Fayyaz, a conservative lecturer at the University of Tehran, expressed his concerns over the possibility of a "sexual revolution." Fayyaz is among those pro-administration scholars who strongly believe that given what they call a "sexual crisis," the continuation of the status quo in Iran's society may lead to a sexual revolution.
Some believe that the freedom of online activity of men searching for women for sexual encounters is granted by the government in order to restrict women and put them at the service of men, and is somehow related to preventative measures taken toward this so-called imminent sexual revolution.
Iranian online sex facilitators have specific terms and conditions, one of them being oral sex: many of these web pages or personal ads stress on oral sex being "unhygienic" and forbidden.Also, it's healthy and hygienic and everything is clear before the encounter. This opportunity is mostly presented to young candidates of marriage as a means to enter a period of courtship prior to getting married.The other way sigheh is known to be concretized--and heavily criticized--is when religious married men desire a mistress, or enter sexual relations with a woman outside of marriage.In a phone interview, I asked Abtahi, who resides in Tehran, about this, to which he answered: In this city and many others throughout Iran, most young people date and have sex with their boyfriend or girlfriend, which is not in accordance with Islam and the country's law.But this method provides religious people with a means to satisfy their sexual needs in a religiously-accepted way, and facilitates their introduction and courtship if they wish to get married. But interacting when you are not in an Islamic relationship is a sin. This is a way for those who respect their Islamic beliefs to engage with the opposite sex in a manner that is proper.If sigheh were not accessible, Iranian Shia men would do the same as Arab Sunni men do: have four wives at the same time.