“Obedient Wives Club” advocates prostitute-like sex to keep husbands in check

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Malaysia is one of the more progressive Muslim-majority nations going, but you wouldn't know it from talking to any of the 800-odd members of the newly-formed "Obedient Wives Club," who recommend that women be submissive to their husbands, and keep them happy with whorish behavior in the bedroom.

The club is the handiwork of a fringe Islamic group called Global Ikhwan, who believe that their obsequious ways can lead to a decline in prostitution and divorce. Politicians and activists aren't buying it, criticizing them for their regressive ideas. According to one of the club's founders, Rohayah Mohamed, a physician by training:

"Sex is a taboo in Asian society. We have ignored it in our marriages but it's all down to sex. A good wife is a good sex worker to her husband. What is wrong with being a whore… to your husband? This way, the family institution is protected and we can curb social ills."

The feminist stance on this is pretty obvious, while many men, of course, might not have a problem with it. Though the divorce rate in Malaysia has doubled in the last decade (with higher rates among Malay Muslims), that doesn't change the Stepford-wife-ish overtones of the club's charter. A Muslim man, Amiral Aftar, representing a more reasonable position, wrote on a Facebook page called "We do not want sexist nonsense from Global Ikhwan": "I do not want a wife to submit to my every beck and call. I want a wife who understands me… we are not your masters, we are your equal."