In Iran, it is forbidden for an unveiled woman to consort with an unrelated man, and yet, off the coast of Qeshm Island, young couples embrace during evening swims. Homosexuality is also illegal, but behind closed doors, gay Iranians smoke, drink, and flirt at discreet house parties.
In all societies there is a contradiction between the law and human behavior, but this disparity exists in sharp relief in Iran. For many Iranians, particularly the young, life finds its fullest expression at the boundaries of official sanction.
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