A Walk in the Snow

A different kind of sex change: See how quickly a society can shift its sexual attitudes

mik1999:

excellent TED Talk on how sexual attitudes can change and evolve.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

At TEDGlobal 2013, Shereen El Fekishowed how her research revealed very different attitudes about sex now in the Arab world, versus in the same region hundreds of years ago. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

At TEDGlobal 2013, Shereen El Feki shared how her research in the Middle East revealed more conservative attitudes about sex than existed in the 10th century. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

“The political and the sexual are intimate bedfellows,” says Shereen El Feki in yesterday’s talk. “That is true for all of us, no matter where we live and love.”

[ted_talkteaser id=1909]For five years, El Feki talked to people across Middle East about their bedroom behavior, and what she found over and over was a seemingly deep-rooted conservatism — in which any sex outside of heterosexual marriage is unacceptable. But as she shows, Arabic literature is rich with proof that the regional culture was once far more sexually open; erotic writing was produced even by religious scholars.

So what happened? El Feki points to the rise of religious conservatism starting in the 1970s — within the lifetimes of many people…

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