Civil War is turning Syria into “Orange Is the New Black” on a National Scale. The male dating-age population has been diminished partly by fighting, mostly by men running off to Europe. So, what’s a Syrian woman to do?
The absence of young men in Syria is glaringly obvious to any visitor to its major cities.
But at the same time, the chaos of war has allowed some women the freedom to pursue a lesbian relationship, in a country that – at least technically – bans gay relationships.
For some middle-class women, however, the conflict has even proven a minor liberation. Yara reckons that about 10-20 per cent of her female friends have come out as gay – a statistic which she attributes, at least in part, to the absence of men.
We talk about a popular bar I’d gone to the previous evening to find lesbians dancing openly on the tables; even though homosexuality is technically illegal in Syria, it’s hardly ever prosecuted. ‘I was shocked’, she confesses.