Sidi Ifni- Several Moroccan youth movements have resorted to social networks to call for the promotion of sexual freedom in the country sans hindrances, according to Moroccan news outlet Hespress. Their seminal demand is for the establishment of safe spaces and rooms where they can freely express their sexuality without any disturbance.
Despite facing restraints, the freedoms of expression movements continue to call for their rights and warn against further stifling of their sexual pursuits.
Last year, Mohamed Soukrat, a distinguished movement activist, was arrested by the authorities for inciting indecency and immorality in the Moroccan society.
Among the principles of the movements are: the freedom to make love outside of the institution of marriage without moral repercussions, enjoying sexual freedom, and the ability to pursue a romantic life without a marriage contract.
In this regard, several social networking pages have been created for the purpose of inviting more youth to voice their concerns, express their opinions, and state their demands in regards to sexual freedom.
Article 490 of the Penal Code punishes every man and woman caught having sex outside marriage even if the couple is consenting adults.
The leaders of this virtual movement seek to open a debate on sexual freedom in Morocco and lift secrecy about something that is practiced on a daily basis by a large sector of Moroccans.
“We need to make love and enjoy our sexual freedom; sometimes, we find rooms for this purpose, but the authorities are following us and banning sex, ” some supporters of the movement told MWN.
“We are totally against the institution of marriage. We don’t seek to bind our sexual lives to marriage. The latter kills our freedom. We need suitable corners,” they added.
But the principles championed by these groups don’t find a positive echo in Moroccan conservative society.
In the eyes of the sexual freedom movements, going against the conventions of the society and its traditions is not a crime. Indeed, many developed countries, the movements state, allow their youth to live and celebrate their sexuality as long they don’t perpetrate rape or sexual violence, as reported by Hespress.
“So long as youth set the couple’s approval (and mutual consent) as a condition for their sexual relations, why should we prevent them from their whims and pursuits,” Samira Khalfi, an advocate of sexual freedom from Agadir, told MWN.
On the other hand, the conservative society went on to castigate the movements, which it considers as silly, foolish, irrational, immoral, and base.
“We are afraid that the minute sexual freedom is granted, our youth will fall prey to these banalities. We are conservative, and we don’t want (outsiders) to come and decide the destiny of our youth’s sexual lives,” a Moroccan father of three told MWN.
“The authorities must intervene to put an end to this triviality. We are first and foremost Muslims. We live in a Muslim country. Granting such freedoms has no basis in Islam,” Rachid Miloudi, a Master’s student from Beni Mellal, told MWN.
Recently, Morocco has witnessed a number of movements, including that of sexual freedom, personal freedom, and sexuality rights. Strangely enough, the latest of them is the kissing movement which came into being after two students were arrested for kissing and sharing their pictures on Facebook.
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