Open in a separate window So there are no reliable data on the level of sexual practice? We have some information on attitudes, though. When you compare the ability to mobilise social groups, we can say that the relatively more open societies are Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. Jordan is quite open on some issues like honour killing, which is a real problem there. What do the latest studies tell us?
Sexual Politics Given the social taboos, Shereen El Feki thought she might struggle to encourage women across the region to speak candidly about their sex lives. A reluctance to use condoms has helped lead to a rise in HIV infections in the Arab world. This is what a gynaecologist in Egypt told me. Everyone talks about football but hardly anyone plays it; whereas everyone is having sex but no-one wants to talk about it.