Also, it's healthy and hygienic and everything is clear before the encounter. This opportunity is mostly presented to young candidates of marriage as a means to enter a period of courtship prior to getting married.
But this method provides religious people with a means to satisfy their sexual needs in a religiously-accepted way, and facilitates their introduction and courtship if they wish to get married. But interacting when you are not in an Islamic relationship is a sin. This is a way for those who respect their Islamic beliefs to engage with the opposite sex in a manner that is proper.
In a recent interview with an Iranian website, Ebrahim Fayyaz, a conservative lecturer at the University of Tehran, expressed his concerns over the possibility of a "sexual revolution." Fayyaz is among those pro-administration scholars who strongly believe that given what they call a "sexual crisis," the continuation of the status quo in Iran's society may lead to a sexual revolution.
Some believe that the freedom of online activity of men searching for women for sexual encounters is granted by the government in order to restrict women and put them at the service of men, and is somehow related to preventative measures taken toward this so-called imminent sexual revolution.
Elham is a 32-year-old nail stylist who also works with one of these websites as a concubine candidate. "Sigheh"--a temporary marriage agreement also known as having a concubine--is one of Shi'ism's most controversial regulations.
In a phone interview, I ask her how she feels about the criticism that she and her peers receive from a lot of Iranians. It's religiously-accepted, it's legal, and it's consensual. What has been traditionally defined in the category of sigheh in Iran is the possibility which it provides religious families who restrict their children in their interaction with the opposite gender.