Halal Sex Shop Opens For Muslims

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 10.54.27 AMJust what is Halal sex, you may well ask. Reuters explains:

A Turkish entrepreneur has opened what he says is the country’s first online sex shop for Muslims, selling everything from lubricants to herbal aphrodisiacs and offering advice on how to have “halal” sex.

Haluk Murat Demirel, 38, said he had been inspired to launch the site (www.bayan.helalsexshop.com) by friends who wanted sex advice and products but found the content on other websites and in specialist stores too explicit.

“Online sex shops usually have pornographic pictures, which makes Muslims uncomfortable. We don’t sell vibrators for example, because they are not approved by Islam,” Demirel said.

Sexual mores provoke frequent debate in the majority Muslim but constitutionally secular country. There are relatively few sex shops, even in major cities, although in parts of Istanbul those that do exist advertise themselves with neon signs…

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14 Comments on "Halal Sex Shop Opens For Muslims"

  1. DeepCough | Oct 25, 2013 at 11:21 am |

    So what would “halal sex” be exactly? Does it involve a burqa with a special hole in it?

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Oct 25, 2013 at 11:30 am |

    Well, the prohibition against pork is easy enough to understand.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Oct 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm |

    sexual mores differ from region to region
    in China pornography is illegal, but they also have
    sex shops (legal) & hookers (illegal)

    in Thailand porn & sex shops are illegal
    but prostitution (illegal) is widely available and open

    in Der Homeland, sex shops are legal (mostly)
    sex is used widely to promote consumer products
    & porn is major industry
    but prostitution is illegal & prudishness is popular public stance

    in almost every culture
    there is a schizophrenic relationship with sex
    the very thing that gave us life

    • prudishness is popular? have you watched popular American tv/movies/music videos lately?

      • BuzzCoastin | Oct 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm |

        porn TV shows & commercials
        especially the commercials
        but a publicly held personal prudishness
        hence the schizophrenia

        • oh, I gotchya.
          my experience, though, is most people are barely prude. particularly the progressive types and non-religious who are hardly a minority anymore.

          • BuzzCoastin | Oct 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm |

            I’ve been AWOL from aMerkin Kulture for over a decade now
            so maybe things have changed
            but when I last checked it was impolite to discuss
            sex, politics or religion in public
            and even the most perverse
            usually cover their perversion with a righteous indignation
            (Jimm Bakkker, Jimmy Swineheart, most gay politicians etc)
            YouTube will take down a vid with merely a hint of sex
            as will Fakebook et al

          • perhaps that’s true amongst those in the middle and upper classes, the rural and suburban, and for the deeply religious. but amongst the lower class, students, urban classes, and relatively non-religious I think sex is quite open

  4. InfvoCuernos | Oct 25, 2013 at 4:43 pm |

    I wonder if they are into bondage? I know there was that article about the Fifty Shades of Grey being popular in Gitmo.

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