Monday, June 15, 2009

Islamic Enlightenment

An interesting article in the New York Times from a couple of weeks ago, the subject is that eternal mammalian preoccupation SEX, the thing that makes it interesting is that here we have the story of a brave woman who has the temerity to acknowledge that sex between human beings actually exists and (shock horror!) some people have a few problems with it from time to time.

Ms Wedad Lootah published a book earlier this year entitled "Top Secret: Sexual Guidance for Married Couples", why "secret" you may be thinking, well, Ms Lootah is a marriage counsellor in Dubai. The book has drawn praise from some liberals there as well as the predictable death threats from the lunatic conservatives who say she is guilty of blasphemy or worse.

According to Ms Lootah sex education in Islamic theocracies seems to be a little hit and miss, in particular she finds herself advising men that anal sex is not the "only" option with women, she said.

Many men who had anal sex with men before marriage want the same thing with their wives, because they don't know anything else. This is one reason we need sex education in our schools.

In Muslim countries where the genders are rigorously separated, many men have their first sexual experiences with other men; this understandably affects their attitudes toward sex in marriage.

She also finds herself advising women on the existence of the female orgasm. One of the cases that impelled her to write the book, she said, was a 52-year-old client who had grandchildren but had never known sexual pleasure with her husband.

Finally, she discovered orgasm! Imagine, all that time she did not know.

This is a good news story as far as I am concerned, I believe that our world would be a far safer place if Islam underwent the same kind of enlightenment era that Christianity did a few hundred years ago, if it is to happen at all, I believe it will be Muslim women who will lead the much needed rational revolution in these societies.


Oranjepan said...

And yet the stories of the Arabian Nights are fantasies which stir the imaginations of many in the west... I think they should rediscover their own culture rather than putting it in a gilded cage to protect it from the outside world!

Islam has made a massive contribution to human civilisation across the sciences and the arts, so it's something else entirely which creates the repression.

Steve Borthwick said...

OP, yes quite, religion muscling in on a culture like a playground bully snatching away the book and throwing it in the puddle.

Celebrate the culture, ditch the religion wouldn't the world be so much better off then.