Dr. Faysal El-Kak speaks during a seminar entitled "Construct of female sexual desire and control of female sexuality," at AUB in Beirut, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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These are just a few of the questions posed by Faysal El Kak, a public health lecturer and gynecologist at the American University of Beirut, during a recent lecture to students and faculty members.Clearly, Kak is no ordinary doctor. Kak pointed to a long-held narrative that described female sexual desire as passive, receptive, responsive and complex, while male desire is portrayed as spontaneous, driven, initiating and constant, an analysis that prompted a short outburst of laughter from the audience of mainly women.Sara Helou, co-founder of the Internet platform for anonymous medical queries, on which Kak is a contributor, said that women regularly asked about how to increase their level of sexual desire.For Kak, a doctor at heart, discussing this subject is still partly about improving the women's health.
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