A member of parliament in Egypt created a stir among the public recently after his response to a question submitted to parliament regarding erectile dysfunction and sexual weakness in Egyptian men.
In response to the question, MP Ilhami Ajina told Egyptian media that “there are many signs to indicate that there is a situation of erectile dysfunction among the men. It is also proved by the increased use of sexual enhancement pills. It has become particularly obvious in the past five years.”
Ajina’s comments were covered by major Egyptian news outlets. Muhamad Alghayti, a reporter and anchor of a popular program at the LTC television station, sharply criticized Ajina for the remarks, which he claimed harmed the good name of Egypt.
“We are currently marking 150 years of the Egyptian Parliament,” said Alghayti. “Parliament has never seen anything like it – to submit a question on erectile dysfunction in Egyptian men. This is an issue for Parliament? This is what you’re dealing with instead of discussing the problems of your constituency?”
Alghayti continued in his rebuke of the Parliamentarian. “Where is your proof of these things? Have you performed a study on the matter?” asked Alghayti. The television host then told viewers that the same MP “asked once that men don’t bless one another with a kiss when they meet and asked that female MKs dress uniformly and modestly. That means your entire head is sex. This is what occupies you. You are simply perverted.”
Alghayti also noted that a different MP plans to submit a proposal to remove Ajina’s legal immunity because of the damage he caused to Egyptian men.
In another interview with an Egyptian television station, Ajina said his comments were not meant to degrade Egyptian men. “To those who were angry about my comments, I’m saying that this is a regular disease, just like diabetes and high blood pressure and there is no reason to be ashamed of a disease.”
The interviewer, the journalist Tamer Amin, replied that these comments were degrading “because a diabetes patient admits that he’s sick with diabetes but those suffering from erectile dysfunction wouldn’t announce it openly.” Ajina retorted that Amin had no reason to be angry “because I know that you’re among the fifty percent that are alright and that you’re a man’s man.”
In a different interview, when asked if he himself had problems with erectile dysfunction, Ajina answered, “I’m a man’s man, take my wife’s telephone number and ask her.”