Writers Bloc with support from the Levantine Cultural Center presents Egyptian author and TED fellow Shereen El Feki, in a public conversation about changing sexuality in the Arab world, moderated by Egyptian American comedian Omar Elba. "A comedian and a researcher on changing Arab sexual behavior walk into a room..." Cairo-based journalist Shereen El Feki explores the changing attitudes of sex and intimacy in the Arab world in her new book, Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World. As radical changes in political regimes occur, shifts in personal behavior occur at the same time. Ms. El Feki looks at the traditional marriage models in Islam, and how they are changing at a rapid rate. She looks at sex as a lens through which she studies social change,and its relationship to the political upheaval in the past few years.
Who has time to read during a revolution? Certainly nobody at Tahrir Square and nobody picking up the pieces in Tunisia or busy in Libya, or in Yemen trying to evaluate government statements of long-term support versus immediate need. I'd say we're the ones with time to read and maybe we should. This may be the best time ever to pull out writers both classic and new who address Middle Eastern history. We can peruse the messages they've left the people that we see rebounding now in terms of revolutionary change.