To those of us in a post-sexual revolution culture, convictions in pre-sexual revolution culture seem crazy. As a society examines and criticizes its assumptions about genders and familial relationships, many bizarre convictions come to light.
For instance, women in Saudi Arabia are currently not allowed to drive cars.
But women aren't the only ones who stand to benefit from sexual revolution. A recent case in Dubai has highlighted an interesting conviction in that pre-sexual revolution culture: the United Arab Emirates has no legal construct for rape when the victim is male.
Try telling that to a 15-year-old French boy who kidnapped in July by three men (one of them HIV-positive) who took turns raping him while a second kidnapped boy was ordered to stand behind a sand dune.
That's not to say that the perpetrators will not be punished. Dubai does have laws prohibiting kidnapping and homosexual intercourse, however. The defendants are facing the death penalty.
Hat-tip: my boyfriend
Interesting note: the photo is of the Burj Dubai, the 156th floor of which is currently under construction in Dubai. When completed, it will be the tallest building in the world.