Thursday, May 11, 2006

Fundamentalism and Sex

A great post revealing the true connection between fundamentalism and sex. Religious dogma doesn't defeat sex - it just drives it underground. Like so many other fun things, you can't stamp it out, merely make it a part of a dark underworld. So where is the word "sex" googled the most? Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Arabic is the most popular language used to search for "sex."

Hardly surprising. Muslim repression is a reality in these countries. There are reports of Iraqi soldiers and even terrorists and others soliciting American and European men for sex, saying "Girls are for making babies, boys are for fun." There is a desperation for sex - hetero or homosexual - that simply can't be obliterated, no matter how much religious fanatics will tell you otherwise.

And of course, the Christian country where "sex" is the most popular - Poland. Surprise, surprise.

Some other fun trends:

"Imperialism" is most popular among English-speakers, followed by Swedish, and then Dutch, German and French waaaaay behind.

The most popular language used to search for "homosexual" or "gay" is Spanish, mostly from South America.

Most popular search for "Canada" comes from Canada, followed way behind by India, then the United States.

"Drugs" are apparently popular amongst English and Dutch speakers. In regional terms, it's the Philippines, India, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

And finally, "freedom" is most popular in New Zealand, then Australia, India, the US, the UK, and Canada.


At 5/11/2006 7:46 p.m., Blogger mezba said...

From this page the top cities for the query you suggested are

Delhi India
Cairo Egypt
Chennai India
Ankara Turkey
Mumbai India
Istanbul Turkey
Warsaw Poland
Chicago United States
Brussels Belgium
Zurich Switzerland

Only a couple of Muslim counties (and one Arab amongst them) in the top 10.

Besides, India is not a Muslim majority country, where "Muslim repression" can take place. And having lived in the Middle East, I can tell you, except for Saudi Arabia, relationships, "fun" etc. before marriage is common, if not open. Visit Dubai, Bahrain, Oman etc.


At 5/11/2006 11:47 p.m., Anonymous Thomas said...

Just curious, does the study only include searches that contained only the word "freedom" (for example), or any of these words in a phrase or sentence?

Thomas @


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