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Muslim countries rank highest in porn search

SAN FRANCISCO: Recent data releases by Google indicate that Pakistan has ranked highest in the most porn searching countries. The search habits of the users searches are for animals like pigs, donkeys, dogs, cats and snakes. 

Majority of porn consumers are being ranked out of the Middle East.  According to data released by Google, six of the top eight porn-searching countries are Muslim states. Pakistan tops the list at number one, followed by Egypt at number two. Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Turkey come in at numbers four, five, seven and eight, respectively.

The recent years have seen sale of porn being blocked in majority of Middle East except Lebanon and Turkey states – however, its quite clear that users are finding ways to get past these roadblocks.

The Saudi Arabian government infiltrated approximately 9,000 Twitter accounts believed to be associated with the propagation of pornography which led to arrests of many of the handles’ owners.  A bold move organised by the Commission for the Promotion and Prevention of Vice, also known as Haia, the Saudi religious police.

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Meet the Stars

Mia Khalifa, a 21-year-old American born in Lebanon, has just been voted the “Number 1 Porn Star” on Pornhub, a free website that is the 73rd most popular site on the Internet, according to analytics company Alexa. Khalifa moved to the United States at the age of 10 with her family. Corey Price, vice president of PornHub, told Buzzfeed that the site has seen more than 750,000 searches for Khalifa since Saturday.

Khalifa plays up her Muslim heritage in her movies, sometimes wearing a hijab and sporting heavy eyeliner to emphasise her exotic look. The raw sexuality of Khalifa’s work literally strips away common western stereotypes of Muslim women. In his piece, “In Praise of Vulgarity” Charles Paul Freund argues, “Broad-based culture, popular and vulgar, is far from being a mere distraction or a source of self-absorption. As Islamists have learned, it can function as a bulwark against coercion. More than that, it can even be a means of democratic resort.”

Many Muslim states declare that cemented social morals should not be violated. The data out there, however, suggest their public may feel otherwise. The specifics of searches are representative of a broader change taking place in a society all but defined by extreme “moral” standards.


About Naufal Khan

Publisher & editor of Indian Spice.

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