happy valentine’s everyone.

when i traveled abroad when living in egypt, my first night out (whether in london, beirut or dubai) would always surprise me with the promise of sex. it lingers constantly in the background, unnoticed to those around me but with clear impact on the energy of those cities apparent to someone coming from a land where the possibility of sex often seemed absent (also unnoticed to us living in cairo).

the promise of sex seems like such a central part of a vibrant contemporary culture. it drives so much of what young and old alike do on many levels. i am currently subscribed to the evolutionary perspective that puts sexual pursuit at the center of of our motivations.

egyptians are of course as hot for sex as any peoples. the religious, socio-economic limitations on sex however are far greater than they are in most other countries i have been to. throw in cairo’s megalopolis-density and the practicalities of having sex put it out of reach of a big part of the population (but not to the truly committed: a friend who lived in an apartment with views of zamalek’s fish garden once spotted a a young couple, girl veiled of course, having sex in one of the man-made caves).
i am convinced this has unfortunate ramifications for contemporary cairene culture. apart from the heavy sense of frustration that many visitors sense (partially sexual in my reading), it makes for less drive, less energy than a great city of 18 million people (mostly young an unmarried) should exhibit.

so my valentine’s wish is for more sex please cairo. it’ll be good for all and oh so fun.

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