Sunday, February 21, 2010

RTUK, Minister of Family and Women's Affairs Lashes Out at Television Show

A popular Turkish television show featuring an adulterous relationship and sexual situations caught the ire of Family and Women's Affairs Minister Selma Aliye Kavaf, who linked the television show to a WHO study on juvenile sexual activity in Turkey. The show, “Aşk-ı Memnu” (Forbidden Love), has been fined twice now by the the Supreme Board of Radio and Television (RTUK). Hurriyet quotes Kavaf: “When you consider someone below the age 18 as a child, and you accept 13 as the age for sexuality, this is child pornography.” For more details on the show, see Fatma Disli Zibak's reportage in Today's Zaman.


Bulent Murtezaoglu said...

She probably meant to say something else because what she is quoted as saying doesn't make much sense. I don't watch TV but I find it hard to believe network TV here would show 13-year-olds having sex. Perhaps she meant to say pedophilia instead of pornography? (That doesn't make sense either but for a different reason. I'd be surprised that an AKP member would say something like that for under-18 sex, since there's someone very high up in gov't whose wife was 15 at the time they married.)

Bulent Murtezaoglu said...

I checked a Turkish source, and she did say 'pornography.' Apparently she also said she's irritated by sexuality on TV. Oral Calislar drops the TV reference in his column [in Turkish]: A Female Minister Who's Irritated by Sexuality.

Bulent Murtezaoglu said...

She keeps it coming, treatment for homosexuality is today's installment: Bakan Kavaf: Eşcinsellik hastalık, tedavi edilmeli.