Many Muslim societies enforce strict laws about the dissmentation of information concerning sexual activity which may result in individuals lacking information about normal sexual relations between people. An important factor in contemporary Egyptian society is the severe economic crisis which results in high unemployment and thus necessitates delayed marriage. The problem has been agravated by the advent of globilization and technology. Millions of people now readily gain access to pornographic materials while living in sexually repressive societies. Many liberals urge greater sexual freedom, but, according to Ahmed Maged, writing in the Cairo Egyptian News, “that’s easier said than done. To a great extent, sex is still linked to the trio of politics, religion, and social taboos.–three very sensitive topics that are still hard to debate openly even under the umbrella of democracy and press freedom. The religious standpoint is unequivocal: no sex outside wedlock. While politicians are sometimes permissive, they ultimately have to tighten their grip to safeguard traditional moral standards and prove to their arch foe, the Muslim fundamentalists, that Islamic values are being upheld.”
Nadra Wahdan, a sociologist at the National Planning Instittue, it “was a big mistake to have prohibited legalized prostitution, which is an ineviatble reality in each and every society. Even during the golden Islamic ages, brothels existed in districts of their own outside the city. Now each and every women is subjected to harassment on the streets simply because prostitutes are not isolated in one place.”
Delayed marriage due to economic factors is an offshoot of the difficulty of creating dynamic economies in many Middle Eastern nations. Apparently, it is easier getting Middle Easterners aroused over cartoons than over the importance of ending sectarian violence, building the foundation of peace, and moving ahead into a modern economy.