Chinichian, Maryam
March 2005
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2005, Vol. 14 Issue 1/2, p57
Academic Journal
The article focuses on an Iranian midwife, Maryam Chinichian's views on health and sexuality after attending the Guelph Sexuality conference in Canada. Chinichian found that the main concern of health providers about teenage pregnancy in Canada is about parenthood in early adolescence. Health educators try to teach teenagers how they can resolve problems with their partner, how they can go to school and take care of a baby and how they can manage their financial situation. Teenage pregnancy exists in Iran, but in a different context. Concerns about being unmarried and pregnant, or a mother, are not common in Iran. Sexuality and aging is another concern. Taboos surrounding sexual activities and aging are similar in both countries. In Iran elderly people, especially women, are expected to live with their adult children and no concern is shown for their sexual needs. In Canada also, recognition of sexual activities of seniors is a subject that people are not comfortable with. After the conference Chinichian felt that opening up the parts of lives that are considered mysterious and fearful is extremely important.


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