Posts Tagged ‘saudiarabien’

A Gay Foreigner in Damascus

Dienstag, Juni 28th, 2011

Ein Artikel im Spectator nimmt den Fall des von einem Amerikaner gefakten Blogs „A Gay Girl in Damascus“ zum Anlass, den orientalistischen westlichen Blick auf „Homosexualität“ in arabischen Ländern zu hinterfragen – obwohl er sich ihm selbst nicht ganz entziehen kann. In Anlehnung an den palästinensisch­stämmigen Politikprofessor Joseph Massad kritisiert er dabei am Ende auch das pseudo-emanzipatorische Ansinnen westlicher Lesben- und Schwulen­organisationen, die es nicht lassen können, den arabischen Bevölkerungen ihre eigene identitäre Matrix aufzuzwängen:

I was well aware of Syrians’ reputation for being extraordinarily welcoming and friendly, even by Arab standards; but even I wasn’t quite prepared for the frank opening salvo from the handsome young guy sitting next to me. ‘Are you active or passive?’ he asked me.

It turned out that the coffee shop — packed with men of all ages and types, from English-speaking teenagers to elderly Bedouins — was a pick-up joint. Two other nearby ramshackle coffee shops served the same function, as did the only (packed) local bar. The city’s public parks, moreover, were 24-hour cruising areas, resembling nothing if not Russell Square in its 1980s heyday. (mehr …)

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom in the Closet

Montag, Januar 10th, 2011

Wie lebt es sich als – in unseren Begriffen – „Schwuler“ in Saudiarabien? Die Journalistin Nadya Labi hat das für einen außergewöhnlichen Artikel in der Zeitschrift The Atlantic etwas genauer recherchiert:

The Kingdom in the Closet

SODOMY IS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH IN SAUDI ARABIA, BUT GAY LIFE FLOURISHES THERE. WHY IT IS “EASIER TO BE GAY THAN STRAIGHT” IN A SOCIETY WHERE EVERYONE, HOMOSEXUAL AND OTHERWISE, LIVES IN THE CLOSET

[…] When Yasser hit puberty, he grew attracted to his male cousins. Like many gay and lesbian teenagers everywhere, he felt isolated. “I used to have the feeling that I was the queerest in the country,” he recalled. “But then I went to high school and discovered there are others like me. Then I find out, it’s a whole society.” (mehr …)

Women’s resistance in Saudi Arabia

Freitag, Mai 28th, 2010

SAUDI ARABIA: Woman opens fire on religious police officers. „… now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years,“ she said. „This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance.“ LA Times, 10 May 2010.