Dr. Mariam Al-Sohel argues that her cure is inspired by Islamic prophecies and is based on science.
Many so-called Arab physicians, therapists, and academics are still trying to push the "theory" that homosexuality is a disease. Not only that, some of them claim to have found cures for it.
Kuwaiti anti-gay and anti-lesbian researcher Dr. Mariam Al-Sohel, made a television appearance on the Gulf state's Scope TV and spoke of her supposed "cure."
Earlier, a video of her segment resurfaced online after it was posted by MEMRI, a U.S.-based news outlet covering stories from the Middle East. During her TV interview, Al-Sohel said she believes four genders exist among humans, "male, female, feminine gay men and butch lesbians."
She also added that her cure is inspired by Islamic prophecies, is based on science, and involves "therapeutic suppositories."
Explaining her bizarre "treatment", Al-Sohel actually showed the guest and hosts of the show samples of the suppositories she created.
"The sexual urge develops when a person is sexually attacked. And afterwards it persists because there is an anal worm that feeds on semen. It feeds on sperm. So, what I did was to produce suppositories, which are to be used by certain people at a certain time. It cures those urges by exterminating the worm that feeds on the sperm."
She then claimed that specific kinds of food can help increase masculinity.
"Any food that is buried underground provides men with stability, strengthens their muscles and increases their masculinity. Bitter foods increase masculinity," she added.
If ever applied, the academic's cure would fall under what's known as Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE), "which are futile and harmful attempts to change one's sexuality from gay to straight."
Also, there is practically nothing scientific about her arguments.
Therefore, believing that any form of conversion therapy is needed to cure it is unacceptable and surely explains why thousands of online users reacted to Al-Sohel's resurfaced statements with outrage.
The belief that homosexuality is an illness still exists across the Arab world
Anytime the LGBTIQ+ community is featured on Arab TV or social media, someone comes along and suggests homosexuality is an illness. Some celebrities in the region have also alluded to that during interviews or public appearances.
This certainly isn't the first time an Arab scientist or doctor claims they've found a cure. Years back, Egyptian psychiatrist Awsam Wasfi launched a clinic aimed at "curing homosexuals." In a 2015 interview, the man said homosexuality is an illness that's just like any other and needs to be treated.