Saturday, November 04, 2006

SPIEGEL Magazine on Sex and Taboos in the Muslim World

If ever a reminder were needed that repression does not lead to more moral people it can be found in this SPIEGEL Magazine article about sex and taboos in the Muslim world. Awful stories of the brutality which can exist in the darker corners of all societies but which tends to be vastly more common in those where more healthy outlets do not exist are an easy rebuttal to the idea that the repression of women is part of protecting them. However, I think this paragraph is, perhaps, at least as interesting:

"The Internet is a refuge for hidden desires, even though it offers only virtual relief. Google Trends, a new service offered by the search engine, provides a way to demonstrate how difficult it is to banish forbidden yearnings from the heads of Muslims. By entering the term "sex" into Google Trends, one obtains a ranked list of cities, countries and languages in which the term was entered most frequently. According to Google Trends, the Pakistanis search for "sex" most often, followed by the Egyptians. Iran and Morocco are in fourth and fifth, Indonesia is in seventh and Saudi Arabia in eighth place. The top city for "sex" searches is Cairo. When the terms "boy sex" or "man boy sex" are entered (many Internet filters catch the word "gay"), Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are the first four countries listed."

How ironic.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure this realy makes the point- lots of things do wiht the arab muyslm world, eg the level of prostition and aids , the behaviour of many of them abroad ect ect, but surely what you're talking about is the fact the internt makes repressing pornography hard in societies that have made an effort to do so- it's not a suprise that it would help people more to do that , than in say Russia . and also are you agreeing looking at pornography is immoral?

the frequency of homosexuality in the arab world is something thta goes back centuries-and is indeed probablly related (like in ancient greece where in many ways it comes from) to the lack of availabilty of women-even for non sexual contact