The ritual is the same every evening. The cannon shot sounds. Mosques start the call to prayer. We eat, we drink mint tea, we pray and … we flirt on Instagram. “I post a selfie, I watch which guys have” liked “. When we like, we go on FaceTime. Conversations can last all night ”, says Layla *, a 22-year-old student. Since the kingdom established a drastic state of health emergency on March 20, Moroccans are no longer allowed to go out, except in exceptional cases. Ramadan began on April 25 in strict conditions, overturning a set of traditions that make this sacred month that of sharing: prohibition to gather or pray collectively, mosques closed, curfew from 7 p.m., roadblocks police and army tanks to chase offenders.
“I sent pictures of myself naked. This is something I would never have done at this stage of a relationship in normal life. In any case, it would have been impossible for us to be alone. »Layla
Slammed in a small, dark apartment with her parents in Casablanca, Layla maintains a high morale. Containment is not what we think, she warns: “Even without physical contact, we meet people, we seduce, we love. Somewhere it’s soothing not to have to ask yourself all these questions that usually tease us. “ How to love yourself out of sight in a country where sex outside marriage is punished with prison? How to avoid neighbor denunciations? Where to flirt and get flirted? In containment, the answer can be found on Tinder, Instagram, WhatsApp or Facebook. “On social networks, I can do what I want”, ensures Layla.
Talk about sex without taboos, make erotic discoveries, in writing or on video. Right now, she has a torrid relationship from her tiny room with Hassan, a computer scientist in Marrakech. Together, they tried new experiences. “I sent pictures of myself naked. This is something I would never have done at this stage of a relationship in normal life. In any case, it would have been impossible for us to be alone. We would have wasted our time trying to find subterfuges when, here, we don't even think about it “, remark Layla. Little by little, the couple indulged in new pleasures, releasing the sexual pressure linked to the prohibitions. “In normal times, I'm more on my guard. And then, we must not forget that in Morocco flirting and harassment are often confused. On the Internet, women are less afraid, they have power over flirting. To say no, we swipe. It's that simple. ”
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