A sexologist like no other is causing a stir in the Arab world. She may wear a niqab but Oum Mohammad has no qualms about giving her views on fellatio (entirely normal) and sodomy (absolutely no way!). Listen to what she has to say...

“It was what she said about masturbation that really shocked me”

Valerie Cordonnier is a sex therapist from Paris. Along with other sexologists she runs the website "espace-psy".

I was blown away by the ideas of this sexologist. And to base a book on three generalisations seemed a bit over the top to me.

On fellatio and sodomy, well, I could have heard the same from some of my Jewish or Muslim patients. It was what she said about masturbation that really shocked me. I find it a shame, and truly deplorable, that she places her advice under the guise of religious guidelines. It's pure manipulation. Her message continues to put the woman in the position of inferiority, leaving her body under the man's control and forgetting any chance of reaching equality.

She's playing with dangerous disinformation. She takes women as imbeciles, for example by telling them that their breasts will sag if they masturbate. Masturbation is a personal choice and nobody should demonise it. Lack of freedom and choice does not go well with sexual development."

The talk show was broadcast on prime time television on April 21 by the Emirates TV channel al-Aan (Now). Widad al-Luta, aka "Oum Mohammed", was there to talk about her bestselling title "Very Private". As soon as the show went online, the channel's website found itself flooded with comments. Most of the people writing in however were simply asking where they could get hold of the book and if it were possible to have it sent electronically.  

Oum Mohammad is no novice to sexology and nor to the workings of Islam. She's taught in a girls' school for eight years and also works as a marriage counsellor for a court in Dubai. It's worth noting that she's just about to release another book on relationship problems...

On fellatio and other sexual pleasures

On the dangers of masturbation