My worries would be rather different, namely the random quality that arises from depending on those who came to her over such a short period, and the reliance on statistics from and from , when she was on her book tour. In the end, perhaps knowing that, like Joumana Haddad , Mona Eltahawy and other increasingly prominent feminists from the Arab world, she will come under fire anyway, Slimani trusts in her outrage, in the force of her own voice, and the voices of the women she listens to. And in her argument, which is for individuality, nuance and intellectual honesty, and in favour of Morocco finding its own answers to the issues it faces, rather than adopting western ideas wholesale. In Morocco, where Slimani grew up, the penal code lays down imprisonment of up to a year for anyone engaging in sex before marriage, up to two years for adultery, and up to three for homosexual acts. I would also have liked to hear more from rural, traditional, and especially older women — not just a self-congratulatory chat with her housekeeper — and perhaps from one or two young men, who are also, in their way, victims of the system. Sex and Lies is a response to this response — verbatim accounts of what the women said, some under real names, others not, interspersed with testimony from Moroccan experts and commentary from Slimani herself. To order a copy go to guardianbookshop. The law, in the case of homosexuality, is word for word the same as French penal laws repealed in France in — ie, not exactly indigenous. Facebook Twitter Pinterest.
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