- The Washington Times - Friday, May 18, 2007

Sex is definitely on the mind of Middle Easterners. And they don’t mind spending their money in order to improve it. The Daily Star Egypt wrote that a magazine in Egypt said that Egyptians spend more than a LE 1 billion on products meant to boost sex appeal. Viagra, which was initially banned in the country, was one of the most coveted products.

The Internet is also a tool for expressing sexual desires and fantasies. Craigslist.com is one of the sites used in Egypt to find dates with similar sexual inclinations, from S&M; to bondage.

“Like many Internet daters, Mohamed says he is not looking to meet someone for a long-term commitment. He is looking for a few dates, maybe a cup of coffee, and hopefully some kinky, casual sex,” wrote the Daily Star Egypt.

In Lebanon, two female artists are expressing sexuality through their paintings. In their exhibition, Erotica, female sexuality was depicted through images of fetishism, homosexuality and masturbation, reported the Middle East Times.

At the other end of the spectrum, religion is also on sale. There is another type of products that is increasingly becoming popular: Islamic electronic devices (made in China). Digital Korans, automatic prayer reciters, alarm clocks for the five daily prayers and headphones dispensing religious advice are all part of the growing wave of outward religiosity, wrote the Middle East Times.

From sex to religion, you can sell just about anything. There is always a target market somewhere in the Middle East. It seems like nothing is off-limit.

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