(Adds Daoud’s decision to quit journalism. To jump to the update, click here).
Kamel Daoud’s op-ed, “The Sexual Misery of the Arab World,” has been trending on the New York Times since it was published on February 12. The piece — which is replete with tired, orientalist cliches — has been lauded by some for pointing out the obvious: that women in the Arab world face an enduring oppression problem, and that sexuality in the region is, as a result, warped.*