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'Sexual Jihad' In Syria Cause Rise In Pregnancy Among Tunisian Women, Lawmaker Says

World  (tags: world, politics, middle-east, comfort women from Tunisia, women's rights, Syria, 'HUMANRIGHTS!', conflict, society )

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A number of Tunisian women have traveled to Syria to have sex with rebel fighters, a senior Tunisian politician said Thursday. The practice is known as "sexual jihad."

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pam w (139)
Friday September 20, 2013, 5:28 pm
Sure...and they do this for the glory of ALLAH?

Sue H (7)
Friday September 20, 2013, 5:34 pm
How bizarre. They call it a sexual holy war, I call it prostitution.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 20, 2013, 10:40 pm
What?! And I wonder what will happen to the children of these sexual liaisons. I shudder to think.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:58 am
Well thats a New Excuse for sex

. (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 12:04 pm
That's terrible and disgusting. Thanks for sharing, Cal.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 12:58 pm
Strange. Is this sort of like the navy guys having a "ship" in every port?

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 1:19 pm
First of all, this story may not be true, or it may be highly exaggerated.

Secondly, if it IS true, in whole or in part, it would be an interesting example of Tunisian women RECLAIMING THEIR SEXUALITY AND TAKING IT INTO THEIR OWN HANDS.
After all, these are women in a VERY PATRIARCHAL, TRADITIONAL CULTURE, VOLUNTARILY DECIDING for themselves, to have UNMARRIED SEX and to HAVE BABIES and thus become SINGLE MOTHERS.

It is the TRADITIONAL PATRIARCHAL LEADERS, who are SCREAMING about "How horrible this is!"
[That is one reason I tend to take this story with a GRAIN OF SALT.]

This is NOT "Prostitution", except to a Patriarchal mindset - I have known women in THIS culture who, for a variety of reasons, decided to get PREGNANT WHILE NOT BEING MARRIED and become Single Mothers ON PURPOSE. These women are NOT being kidnapped, sold, or trafficked. {If the story is correct.}

They may be doing this for POLITICAL reasons - and we may believe those political reasons are VERY, VERY WRONG.
Nevertheless, here you see women in a traditional Arab, Muslim culture, DETERMINING FOR THEMSELVES, their lives and their sexuality.
IF, the caveat always is, IF these stories are TRUE. I trust Huffington Post, but I do not always trust the men who think this is "dreadful" and are "reporting" the story with THEIR slant.

jan b (5)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 1:31 pm
I don't believe any of it.

S S (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 1:42 pm
Thank you.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 2:09 pm
Sad to think that these fools have to stoop so low to ruin it for women. Like Rodney Dangerfield catchphrase "I don't get no respect!" People have forgotten that the word respect even exists. Thanks Cal

Madhu Pillai (22)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 3:02 pm
Whatever the reason religious or political it is women degrading themselves, is that all they are with sex? Say what you will it is prostitution, not a good example to set for a girl child, I fail to see any nobility in it.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 3:04 pm
Is that all they are worth?

Roger G (154)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 4:53 pm
noted, thanks

Connie Concepcion (0)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 5:24 pm
Misogyny is, by any other name, still misogyny, and fits quite nicely with the hypocrisy and irony.

Sandra s (130)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 6:04 pm

Veronica C (22)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 7:38 pm
Talk about planting demon seeds...

Joanne Dixon (38)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 8:38 pm
"Temple prostitution" goes back to antiquity, and was usually dedicated to gods/goddesses like Dionysus or Ishtar, which at least made some sense. Somehow Allah didn't seem to me like "that kind of god."

pam w (139)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 10:32 pm
"Allah" is a god who loves exploiting women. IS ''that kind of god."

Stan B (123)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 12:58 am
Tunisian women have travelled to Syria to wage 'sex jihad' by comforting Islamist fighters battling the regime there, Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou has told MPs.

'They have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100' militants, the minister told members of the National Constituent Assembly yesterday.

'After the sexual liaisons they have there in the name of 'jihad al-nikah' - (sexual holy war in Arabic) - they come home pregnant,' Ben Jeddou told the MPs.

He did not elaborate on how many Tunisian women had returned to the country pregnant with the children of jihadist fighters.

Jihad al-nikah, permitting extramarital sexual relations with multiple partners, is considered by some hardline Sunni Muslim Salafists as a legitimate form of holy war.

The minister also did not say how many Tunisian women were thought to have gone to Syria for such a purpose, although media reports have said hundreds have done so.

From a Yahoo news feed.

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 3:29 am
I find it a little hard to believe that this is true.

Rehana VN (0)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 11:05 am
This has to be a figment of someone's imagination, more likely of the Interior Minister of Tunisia! This guy has to be smoking something as he sounds fadala!

Rehana VN (0)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 11:43 am
When white women become prostitutes, go to the oil rich Arab countries to ply their trade, do you ever hear their faith or GOD brought into the equation when it's reported? Why is it that Muslims & Allah=God in Arabic, is always highlighted when news involving Muslims is reported? Other religions & everyone else must be so perfect & angelic that they will be given a 1st class pass to heaven! Hypocrits!

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 1:42 pm
"Jihad al-nikah, permitting extramarital sexual relations with multiple partners, is considered by some hardline Sunni Muslim Salafists as a legitimate form of holy war."

Many Patriarchal religions USE Women, not for sexual "enjoyment" necessarily, but to HAVE AS MANY CHILDREN AS POSSIBLE - that way, to have as many Warriors and Mothers of Future Warriors as possible. These Patriarchal religions deny women all forms of Birth Control, Abortion, or even the right to say "No" to sex. This is a way of OUT-BREEDING all the competing religions - many of which are trying the same thing!
Sound FAMILIAR? Think what the GOP is trying in the U.S...

We may view the politics of this, as undesirable. {Also, again, the stories may be highly exaggerated, as to the numbers, or any other aspect.}
However, this means that young Women are making decisions to "wage holy war" in their own way. Just like the men are making those decisions.
I would like to know for a FACT, that these women ARE "volunteers" and are in no way coerced, kidnapped or trafficked. But if this is so, if this is entirely Voluntary on their part -

then their behavior is NO DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF OTHER YOUNG WOMEN IN OTHER CULTURES, DURING WARTIME. The Syrian fighters DO consider themselves, at WAR.
For example, during WWII, in both Britain and the U.S., sexual behavior "loosed the bonds" of previous prudishness - and LOTS of young, unmarried women got pregnant, and not all of them got married - it was considered a "patriotic act" to love a soldier who might DIE very soon -
This is NATURE'S WAY. The birth rate ALWAYS goes up during wartime.
This is an instance of facilitating that Natural Instinct of both men and women, in an otherwise-sexually-repressive culture.
{Read the memoirs of young women during wartime. Sexuality for them is HEIGHTENED by the War and Death around them...}

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 2:00 pm
You are saying, that it's just fine for a young British woman during WWII, to have unmarried sex with a Yank or an RAF pilot - or LOTS of Yanks or RAF pilots - and get "preggers", by who-knows, and that's okay...

but it's "degrading" for a Tunisian woman to do the same, with a person she considers {rightly or wrongly} to be an "idealist" and a "freedom fighter" - a young man who might die soon?

What, really, is the DIFFERENCE - maybe a form of "racism" or "cultural superiority" of OUR culture? OUR women are better?
Think it thru, and you will see the HYPOCRISY....

And these aren't "demon seeds", they are LITTLE BABIES.... who I hope will get all the love and support they need, from their mothers and the culture surrounding them... it is not clear how that is going to be managed...

Melania Padilla (122)
Friday September 27, 2013, 6:00 pm
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