Cairo -- The sick obsession with controlling women and baby-making is a bottomless well of weirdness.
In Egypt, and other nations, Indonesia and Turkey among them, certainly the Gulf States, doctors or midwives are sometimes asked to perform "virginity tests" to ensure that a man is getting a bride untouched by a previous male appendage.
I'm still working out why this is such a problem for the men. I assume they are chiefly concerned about being unfavorably compared with a rival, which is also the basis for the mandated swaddling of female bodies in public, the theory being that exposed female flesh in public is like putting red meat in shark-infested waters.
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