Sexual culture in the Arab world: poverty in content and an aura of shame and disgrace

  • Julian Hajj
  • BBC News Arabic

June 22 2022

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In a small studio in east London we met young Arab men and women to talk about sex and sex education. It was not easy to reach people who would openly talk about the topic.

Hala, from Egypt, is sitting in front of a large yellow background, we ask her if she is okay and is she ready to answer our questions.

“I am fine, until my father sees this interview,” she answers with a laugh, adding: “This topic is surrounded by shame, shame and lack of manners…”

Muhammad from Syria says that there is discomfort when talking about sex, because the topic is considered taboo in the family and society.