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Sex and Muslim Women’s Bodies

Muslim Sex

Summary: A feminist author hit back Monday at Pakistan for censoring her article on Muslim women and sex 

Sex and woman’s body have always been an important discussion in Muslim countries. The state of woman’s body has ultimately been controlled by Muslim-majority states. By drafting laws, and ordering social and legal codes, many Muslim states have tried to “tell” women what is right and what is wrong, sexually.

One tool that Muslim majority nations use to accomplish “the control” is regulating women’s appearance. In countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, morality police arrest women for not appearing “Islamic” according to the state’s Islamic code.

Addressing women’s sexuality has never been an easy discussion among Muslim women and men alike.

Mona Eltahawy, an award winning Egyptian-American journalist, wrote a column “Sex talk for Muslim women” that was published by the International New York Times on Friday. The article was available online in Pakistan, but the newspaper version, which should have been published in the opinion section of the local Express Tribune, was replaced by a blank page, according to The Guardian.

You can read Mona Eltahawy’s piece here.