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September 08, 2003
SHELL OFFERS A SUGGESTION FOR WINNING HEARTS AND MINDS:
The irony is that when Western men accepted that rape isn't the victim's fault, women started covering themselves less, and men got nicer things to look at. When Western men allowed women to own their own sexuality, they started getting more and better sex from enthusiastic partners. This is win-win here. Does anyone really want to return to the days when women were supposed to lie back and think of England and men hadn't heard of the clitoris?
Sex is what is going to free the Arab world, the men as well as the women. And if the men really knew what life is like on this side, they might help the women come out from under the hijab.
Sadly, I'm not sure this is true. It's certainly not true for the fanatics, though I don't know what would win them over. Then again, maybe they're just afraid of the work involved.