Sexuality in Bangladesh

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Sexuality in Bangladesh is influenced by religion and culture. Bangladeshi culture is predominantly conservative and patriarchal. Several issues in Bangladesh, including sexual education, homosexuality, and sexual behavior are taboo topics.[1][2]

Marriage system[edit]

Bangladesh follows the traditional culture of arranged marriage where a marriage can only be done when a man is not unemployed. Reproduction is the main base of the Bangladeshi family-system.[3][4][5] Romantic marriage is viewed negatively by a large portion of the country.[6][1][2]


Most of the Bangladeshi people are adherents of moderate Islam. For this reason Islamic sexual jurisprudence is practiced largely in the country which supports sexual acts between spouses only and focuses mainly on reproduction.[1]

Sex education[edit]

Bangladesh has a sex education system in schools that it teaches it in a conservative way.[7]


Watching, possession or production of any kind of pornography is illegal in Bangladesh, a law against it was passed by the parliament in 2012.It has been enforced in 2019 and over 1279 porn sites are blocked in the country.[8]


Homosexual behavior is outlawed and rejected by society.[9] In 2014, the first LGBTQ magazine was launched in Bangladesh, called Roopbaan.[10] The same year Bangladesh held its first Trans Pride parade.[11]


Prostitution is legal since 2000 though the practice is rejected by society. Both female and male prostitution may be found.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Sexuality in Bangladesh: A pessimistic look".
  2. ^ a b "Young Bangladeshis more conservative than their elders, survey finds".
  3. ^ "Love, elopement, and all that". Dhaka Tribune. February 12, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Couple, student commit 'suicide' in Dhaka". July 19, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  5. ^ "Photographer Clicks Pic Of Couple Kissing In Rain. He Was Thrashed, Fired". NDTV. July 28, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "To Love In Bangladesh". HuffPost.
  7. ^ "Social taboo, shyness keep Bangladesh's adolescents away from health corners: Population Council". April 27, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "Porn sites blocked in Bangladesh". Star. Archived from the original on December 14, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  9. ^ Ashok Deb. "A text book case how sexuality is enforced upon in Bangladeshi society". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  10. ^ "First magazine for gays, lesbians launched in Bangladesh". Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  11. ^ Toppa, Sabrina (November 23, 2014). "In Photos: Bangladesh's Trans Pride Parade Was Massive and Fabulous". Vice News. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "Independent Appeal: Sex workers dicing with death in Bangladesh".

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