As a South Asian female brought up and raised in the United States, I have very different opinions and notions about sex and sexuality than my family. Some of my closest friends are Western-raised Arabic and Middle Eastern. However, not all of our views on sex are as liberal as the other. This usually makes for interesting conversations and debates because we all think differently about marriage, relationships and sexuality. While some of my friends believe sex should be reserved for marriage, others are very open to the experience earlier on in life usually depending on how they were raised to think about the topic within their families. In the United States, sex has equal value politically as it does socially making this controversial topic a talking matter heard in law and on the streets. Due to the current history America shares with the Middle East because of our recent war, opinions about the region both culturally and religiously face much criticism and bias. What intrigued me most about Shereen El Feki’s TED Talk was her ability to put the highly relatable social and political implications of an entire region under one topic: sex.
What I achieved from this speech was the transformation of perceiving sex as more than something than a relationship but also a subject that molds the politics of a society and a country. Sexual attitudes make up a major part of political and social arguments not just in the Unites States but also in other parts of the world. They are usually intertwined with family expectations and religions upbringings with little space to think openly. There are three things I hope to accomplish by sharing this TED Talk:
1. I really want to know what my friends (and fellow bloggers) who are reading this post have to share about Sheeren El Feki’s opinions about Middle Eastern “bedroom behavior” and if they can relate to the information she shared. Does any of it sound relatable? Can you agree with the cultural issue of sex being both a political and social problem within your community?
2. Most importantly, how have your views on sex changed since [if] you were raised in a different country and/or culture? Do you see yourself as being more liberal or conservative towards sex and sexuality and why (consider family values, community and upbringing)?
3. Last but not least, talk sexy to me. Enlighten me with your opinions, beliefs and values about the controversial topic of sex and how you think it impacts politics among your current community and homeland.