Augustus Richard Norton, of Boston University, a Shiite expert, said this about Fadlallah, whom he knew: He argued that women should have equal opportunities to men and be well educated. He even argued that women have a right to hit their husband back because it was not appropriate for a spouse to be beaten by their husbands. He was not afraid to speak about sexuality, and he even once gave [a mosque sermon] about sexual urges and female masturbation. It was common to find young people who followed his writings all over the region. Indeed, Nasr later explained that her tweet about Fadlallah was because he took a 'contrarian and pioneering stand among Shia clerics on women s rights.'