Turkey: first 'helal' virtual sex shop is online

'Islam is not against sex, if certain conditions are met'

21 October, 18:32

    Turkey: first 'helal' virtual sex shop went live today Turkey: first 'helal' virtual sex shop went live today

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - Turkey under Islamic nationalist Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom the opposition has long accused of seeking to replace the secular republic with an Islamic one, now has an online helal sex shop, meaning in line with Muslim law. It went live on Monday, local media reported.

    Against a background of wide purple and white stripes, its unerotic cover page features a silhouette of a man in traditional garb, seated on the ground in a meditative stance.

    Underneath him, a veiled woman in profile bends her head.

    Between the two, black and pink text informs visitors that this sex shop is halal, or permissible under Islamic religious law - as can be surmised from its URL: www.helalsexshop.com. In the men's section, the site offers condoms, pills, perfumes, sprays, and ''delaying'' vaporizers. Women can browse through orgasm-facilitating creams and aphrodisiac massage oils.

    Each product can be purchased in Turkish liras, euros, or US dollars, and comes with a brief text on sexuality according to Islam.

    Unlike what ''prejudice'' would have us believe, ''Islam encourages sexuality under certain conditions'', the site says. The site is a purely commercial venture and does not purport to have moral or religious weight. ''It's not about educating Turks about sexuality'', said left-liberal Turkish daily Radikal. Therefore, it presumably won't rock the boat as much as American Orthodox rabbi Shmuel Boteach did with his book 'Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy'. Published in 1999, it caused an uproar in Israel, and reportedly was one of the reasons he was removed from his north London synagogue.


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