Osire Glacier’s new book on “the Negated Sex” explores the issue of gender-based violence in Morocco through Moroccan literature written in French and Arabic. Glacier refers to an extensive corpus of more than seventy contemporary novels written by both Moroccan female and male authors. Glacier uses these works as a sociological lens through which to analyze gendered stereotypes, societal expectations toward men and women, and patriarchal sexuality. In addition, her book is a powerful, unflinching, and personal critique of Morocco as a misogynist state and society that could only be written by a Moroccan woman who grew up, experienced, reflected on, and finally revolted against a state that dehumanizes women from birth. Indeed, the book gives the impression that this is more than merely an academic study of gender relations in contemporary Morocco. Rather, it is Glacier’s personal...

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