My worries would be rather different, namely the random quality that arises from depending on those who came to her over such a short period, and the reliance on statistics from and from , when she was on her book tour. Slimani cites research that estimates 24 babies are abandoned and nearly secret abortions are carried out daily. Sex and Lies is a response to this response — verbatim accounts of what the women said, some under real names, others not, interspersed with testimony from Moroccan experts and commentary from Slimani herself. The law, in the case of homosexuality, is word for word the same as French penal laws repealed in France in — ie, not exactly indigenous. It was translated into English last year to mixed reviews: readers found it flat, joyless; even those who liked it thought it uncomfortable, while some French journalists expressed surprise that a Moroccan-born woman would write such a book. Topics Society books Book of the day. In the end, perhaps knowing that, like Joumana Haddad , Mona Eltahawy and other increasingly prominent feminists from the Arab world, she will come under fire anyway, Slimani trusts in her outrage, in the force of her own voice, and the voices of the women she listens to. Abortion is illegal except in cases of rape, severe embryo deformity or incest.
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