(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Sex is still very much a taboo subject in Lebanon. Despite relatively liberal social attitudes, the subject is rarely approached in a methodical and scientific manner, and the public's knowledge is tarnished by misinformation and myth. The Network of Arab Scholars on Sexuality and Sexual Health (NASSS) held its second regional meeting Thursday, part of its effort to spread awareness and dispel misinformation that is becoming increasingly prevalent among youth. Dr. Faysal al-Kak, the network's coordinator and a founding member, emphasized the importance of initiating a conversation about sexuality in the Middle East.Some doctors voiced disturbing revelations that highlighted the extent of sexual misinformation within Lebanese society.Speaking to The Daily Star after the event, Kak explained that sexuality in Lebanon is often marred by violence.Tackling such issues in Lebanon is a particular challenge due to the myriad characteristics of the country's 18 sects.The most surprising thing Kak concluded as a result of his research was the extent of the complexity of female sexuality.
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