It is in the realm of the emergent agenda of sexual rights that made its appearance in the United States and other Western countries in the late 1960s and began to be internationalized in the 1980s and 1990s that talk of sexual practices in the rest of the world, including the Arab world, would be introduced to the international human rights agenda and would be coupled with notions of „civilized“ and „uncivilized“ behavior. […] In the course of such „international“ human rights activism, two prime victims of human rights violations in Arab countries emerged and/or were created: women and „homosexuals.“ While the premodern West attacked the world of Islam’s alleged sexual licentiousness, the modern West attacks its alleged repression of sexual freedoms. The horror of „honor“ crimes taking the life of a quarter of all women murdered in Jordan, for example, would take a life of its own with special reports on American television networks and popular books by alleged native informants. Yet no special television program on U.S. networks investigated the fact that at least one-third of all women murdered in the United States are murdered by their boyfriends or husbands. Nor were these comparisons made when exhibiting real and imaginary Arab „honor“ crimes for television viewers.
From: Joseph A. Massad, Desiring Arabs (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007), 37.