SEXUAL MORALITY AND LAJJA
A GENDERED CODE
Morality is an amorphous concept yet it continues to be the yardstick that gauges our personal actions and intentions. While this is a difficult road to tread, the journey becomes particularly precarious when it is appended to sexuality and sexual expression, especially in terms of social control of women to create and commit to gender hierarchy. Sexual morality propagates prejudiced standards of behavior that adopt and inform patterns of normativity complied by a system of societal ‘rewards’ and ‘punishments’. I argue that this structure is detrimental to our holistic growth, both personal and collective, for it represses curiosity and sexual liberation. It also induces catatonic preoccupation with female sexuality, chastity or lajja grounded in synthetic importance attributed towards purity and control wherein women become symbolic of the honor assumed by their association to family, group or community. Herein lies the basis that informs and perpetuates gender hierarchization and subordination that begets our wanting laws.
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