Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. The sex life of Arabs is terra incognita for scientists and policy makers. Shereen El Feki. El Feki, a Canadian-Egyptian immunologist University of Cambridge and award-winning journalist for The Economist and Al Jazeera, spent the past five years taking the temperature in bedrooms across the Arab world - a region spanning 22 countries and numbering million people, in which the only acceptable, socially acknowledged context for sex is marriage Everyone talks about football, but hardly anyone plays it.
Jump to navigation. A reluctance to use condoms has helped lead to a rise in HIV infections in the Arab world. Paul Keller under a Creative Commons Licence. Sex in the Arab world is the opposite of sport.
It felt as if that night wouldn't pass. I had a throbbing headache and couldn't stop crying. I don't remember when I slept off. I woke up to find my husband standing in front of my bed with last night's question: "So, what have you decided?
In the Middle East, everyone is having sex but no one wants to talk about it — as pointed out to Shereen El Feki whilst she was travelling the Arab region talking about sex. Despite the ease with which people are locking lips, a culture of silence still exists around the topic of sex and sexual health. Whilst the Western world is in a state of sexual freedom, the Orient seems to be stuck in an age of sexual repression. The 19 th century Western society used to have highly eroticised views of the Middle East. Key populations such as women, men who have sex with men and female sex workers suffer from stigma and discrimination.