in the Arab world. Awesome.
Dr. Heba Kotb is tackling a taboo in the Arab world unlike anyone else: She’s talking about sex openly on a show broadcast all over the Middle East.
It’s a big first in these parts of the world, and Kotb leaves little uncovered.
“We talk about masturbation … sex over the Internet. We talk about sex and Ramadan. We talk about the wedding night,” said Kotb. Entitled “The Big Talk,” the show is broadcast once a week over a satellite channel from Cairo, Egypt.
It took the 39-year-old mother three years of negotiations to get her show on the air. And a main reason she succeeded is that she talks only about sex allowed in the Quran — sex between husband and wife.
But even with that guideline, it’s no easy sell.
The promo for “The Big Talk” starts with Kotb saying, “Sex. Don’t be afraid. Join me to talk about sex without shame.”
I love it. She also focuses on women’s sexual pleasure (in addition to basic sexual knowledge for both partners), which is always a good thing.
And if you want more myth-busting about Muslim women, check out fashionistas working around the morality police in Iran, and young women in Europe blending traditional religiously-required clothing with mainstream Western fashion.
Thanks to Kyle and someone else I can’t remember (sorry!) for the links.