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Sunday, August 19, 2007

The "Dr Ruth" of the muslim world

Her name is Dr. Heba Kotb. She's made quite a splash in American media in the past six months: ABCNews Nightline, Salon, and CNN have all put out stories on her groundbreaking work. She hosts a weekly television program broadcast throughout the Arab world, though it's unclear how far her reach really is.

Regardless, she's doing something to open up a generally closed society when it comes to issues of sexuality. Best of all, her summary of what she believes on her website sounds a whole lot like sexual literacy! It's excerpted here:

There are three basic elements for better sexual life and health:

  1. A capacity to enjoy and control sexual behavior in accordance with a social and personal ethic
  2. Freedom from fear, shame, guilt, false beliefs, and other psychological factors inhibiting sexual response and impairing sexual relationships
  3. Freedom from organic disorders, diseases, and deficiencies that interfere with sexual functions
You go girl!


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