Forbidden Talk

Online Dating In The Middle East

Series 3 Episode 19 - 24.07.2015

Nowadays, online dating might not seem taboo to us in the West but in certain parts of the Middle East, social media which seems to encourage liberal attitudes to sex and engender the traditional model of matchmaking in society, is frowned upon. In this episode, we shall be considering how dating apps are changing the ways in which Middle Eastern young men and women perceive, understand, and relate to one another. How dating sites are gaining popularity despite the potential political, social, and legal consequences attached to them. And whether, in the long run, these online platforms can generate greater freedom for the individual and even gender equality.

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