Shereen El Feki: on how politics of sex give a lens on society.

“Sexuality, more broadly defined, is an incredibly powerful lens with which to study a society, because it gives you a view not only of the miniature of people’s intimate lives but also the wider canvas of public life. Beliefs and values, attitudes and behaviors around sex are shaped by bigger forces — politics, economics, religion, tradition, gender, generations. If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms.”

– Shereen El Feki, author of “Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World“, on how politics of sex give a lens on society.

(via explore blog)