Kenitra- Three youngsters have been recently detained in the Moroccan city of Nador for kissing in public. The third youth was the photographer.
They subsequently published these intimate pictures on their Facebook profiles.
This arrest means one thing: the government still does not accept personal civil liberties as it is cited in the Moroccan constitution, and they regard this act as an infringement on the public ethics of the Moroccan nation.
When it comes to the sexual issue, it still contains a lot of taboos in the Moroccan mentality, even if Morocco is living a constant change in different domains. However the way of thinking still follows the tradition of social conservatives.
People are kissing every day and night, and having sex, which is the root of procreation after all. So why should we have such complexes with that instinctive-effective property in human being behavior ?
A kiss is pressing one’s lips against another person or an object; it is a way of expressing love, affection, and perhaps other emotions for relationships between women and men. It is a natural act by excellence so why should it be oppressed by law?
Such interference of law in personal attitudes of people will merely provoke more complexes, generate psychological knots within society, and trigger dangerous sexual frustrations. I believe that we cannot have creativity, innovation, and improvement within a community if people are not themselves at all, if they still can’t express themselves unreservedly.
If authorities keep intervening in people’s behaviors, we will encounter grave problems in the coming generations. We all believe that youth is the phase of energy and vivacity in individuals’ lives, so how could someone presume to muffle the demeanor of such active category of society?
Several people relate the ban on kissing in public to the Islamic instructions and texts since it is inappropriate to exchange kisses in front of people. They want to keep it an intimate comportment, to be performed in lurking-places as a thief who is committing a crime. In this case we should also feel ashamed of kissing our parents, sisters, brothers, and close friends in public.
I strongly believe that those religious texts that consider a kiss an obscenity should be reinterpreted, so long as the religion will not come against the welfare and natural existence of humans.
After all, as John Lennon reminds us, “We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”
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