July 22, 2012
July 22, 2012
DUBAI: A United Arab Emirates woman who garnered massive controversy over publishing a book on sex education, announced this week she is to publish her third book on sex in the country.
Gulf News reported that Wedad Lootah is going forward with the third installment despite receiving death threats after publishing the previous book on sex in the conservative wealthy UAE.
According to her, in comments published by the Gulf newspaper, the latest edition is being reviewed and is hoping to be put out to the public later this year.
The first book sold over 20,000 copies and is in its 8th edition.
She argued that in the UAE couples lack awareness about sex and sexual education.
“She counsels several Arabs, including Emiratis at her Dubai Healthcare City clinic and teaches them how to have a healthy physical relationship,” Gulf News reported.
In previous interviews with Lootah, she said the idea of sex help books arose after a woman wanted to divorce her husband because he continuously forced her to have anal sex against her will.
“I counselled the couple. I reasoned with the husband that his wife was in pain and that she disapproved of his act due to religious and health concerns. But he said he couldn’t do without it. So we helped the woman divorce him and get alimony and full custody of the children,” Dr Wedad said in comments published by Gulf News.
The concept and public discussion of sex, especially by women, in the Arab world is condemned and governments have been weary of promoting sexual education in schools.
For UAE women, often their first sexual encounter is on their marriage night. This compounds the misinformation they had been given, or not given, during their upbringing.
Many women have told Bikyamasr.com that Lootah’s books have helped their relationship and made having sex more enjoyable with their husbands.
“I don’t think this should be a big deal because she is not promoting people to have sex all the time,” said Lobna, a 23-year-old woman married for four years, who told Bikyamasr.com that she ad her husband purchased Lootah’s book because they both were inexperienced.
“We were really having a hard time making the physical connection work because we didn’t really know what to do,” she said, giggling slightly, “but after we read together, it brought us closer. I wish people would know how important this is for relationships, especially here in the Arab world.”