In Morocco, where Slimani grew up, the penal code lays down imprisonment of up to a year for anyone engaging in sex before marriage, up to two years for adultery, and up to three for homosexual acts. And in her argument, which is for individuality, nuance and intellectual honesty, and in favour of Morocco finding its own answers to the issues it faces, rather than adopting western ideas wholesale. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Morocco, says one of her interlocutors, has the fifth highest porn use in the world. Topics Society books Book of the day. Sex and Lies is a response to this response — verbatim accounts of what the women said, some under real names, others not, interspersed with testimony from Moroccan experts and commentary from Slimani herself. In the end, perhaps knowing that, like Joumana Haddad , Mona Eltahawy and other increasingly prominent feminists from the Arab world, she will come under fire anyway, Slimani trusts in her outrage, in the force of her own voice, and the voices of the women she listens to. It was translated into English last year to mixed reviews: readers found it flat, joyless; even those who liked it thought it uncomfortable, while some French journalists expressed surprise that a Moroccan-born woman would write such a book. Sexual relations, already mistrustful and transactional, are thus further influenced by the pornographic violences and objectifications familiar in western culture.
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