[This is an extract from an article I wrote for Clitbait.]

Content warning: graphic content, blood, mentions of sexual injury

Navigating sex is hard. But trying to do it as a South Asian girl, from a religious Muslim family, is even harder.

In the religion, it’s a sin. In the culture, it’s frowned upon and taboo to even mention the word. The female body itself is seen as ‘temptation’ and shameful: we are forced to cover up and taught to be ashamed of our anatomy from birth. Sex, mixed with culture and religion, is a difficult subject to delve into. In a society so sex-positive, one that promotes sex in every message, advertisement and artistic medium, it was awkward growing up when the culture and religion I grew up with were so drowned in acts of modesty, the complete opposite of everything I saw through the media. (. . .)

Read the rest of the article on Clitbait . . .

Posted by:Sumaiya Ahmed

Sumaiya Ahmed is a student, poet and freelance features journalist, aiming to break down the boundaries of cultural stigma and shame attached to mental health and sexuality within the South Asian culture, and bringing marginalised topics to light. She is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Poised.

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