Rabat - As a Canadian coming to Morocco, the culture of pre-marital virginity is admittedly baffling to me. I am at an age now, where many of my friends are beginning to get married. I can’t think of any who are being de-flowered on their wedding night. I also don’t know men at home who place any importance on this. Marriage in Canada without prior co-habitation is practically unheard of. Actually, it is generally regarded as a foolish, and premature decision. So it was quite interesting to come here where pre-marital sex is illegal.

Erin Geneva is a Canadian MA candidate.