Prosecutor: Only Heterosexual Erotica Is Good For Turkey’s ‘Public Morality’


While Turkey’s literary club is free to write about men and women getting it on with each other, stories about two women engaging in a little X-rated play goes too far. Which has one state prosecutor investigating the author and publisher of The ‘L’ State of Love, which traffics in “unnatural relationships.” The blog sexgenderbody relays:

The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office initiated an investigation on the book “The ‘L’ State of Love” by Burcu Ersoy which was part of the “From Women to Women Story Contest” carried out by the Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association (Kaos GL).

The prosecutor’s office reasoned the investigation by claiming that lesbianism is “an unnatural sexual relation” and “obscene”.

Zeli? Deniz, member of LambdaIstanbul, a Turkish LGBT organization advocating for LGBT people’s human rights, objected to the given reason for the investigation: “In is unacceptable to consider and perceive lesbianism as “abnormal” in world that does not regard homosexuality as a disease”.

“Erotic and pornographic publications for heterosexuals can be printed, but at the same time an investigation is initiated on a book telling love stories between women. This is nothing else but homophobia”, Deniz added.

Worth noting: To investigate the crime of “spreading obscenity,” the prosecutor’s office must have, of course, read the book. That evil, unnatural book!

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  • JoeyJ

    heterosexuals are really, really, really, really silly.

    it’s often embarrassing that I actually come from them.

  • Mike in Asheville, nee "in Brooklyn"

    Well said; ditto here.

  • romeo

    The Turks are being really ridiculous here considering their really rich history of homosexuality under the Ottomans. Turkey is a secular state, like Irag used to be before we fucked with it, but they also have a problem now with muslim fundamentalists. This prosecution is just pandering to them. But Turkey is arguably the most open and westernized of all Muslim countries and would like to be a part of Europe, which is on its northern border, so I can’t imagine this gets very far. The fact that they have gay rights organizations there tells you something.

  • jason

    Well at least they’re consistent. Here in the USA, porn companies regularly ban male-male contact but allow female-female in mainstream porn movies.

  • Dasher

    Remember the movie, “Midnight Express”? Its main theme, or one of them, was how hypocritical the Turks are about gay sex. It is officially banned, “but the Turks do it every chance they get”. That was before the new Islamist party took power, but probably what Turks do hasn’t changed very much.

  • Wen

    As long as Turkey, who wants to become a European Union member, allows this shit, they cant become member. This kind of discrimination is not allowed in EU. As long as Turkey, amongst others, doesnt have their human rights in order, they can forget about it.

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