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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Update on Islam and Sex

I recently referenced an awful account of a Saudi woman who was gang-raped 14 times by assailants and sentenced by the court to 90 lashes for associating with a man who wasn't a family member. I was, and still am, appalled at the callousness of the religious court's decision.

That being said, I know it's tricky to weigh in on another culture's sexual mores, especially coming from a Western (read Imperialist) perspective. That's why I'm going to, instead of writing screeds against Wahhabism, highlight the work of activists in Muslim countries who work to advance the cause of sexual literacy. Check out Aubrey Resech, who runs a sex clinic in Cairo. It's the least we can do.


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