Acts vs. labels
Posted by aogSaturday, 06 October 2007 at 08:12 TrackBack Ping URL

I have been meaning to note this article about Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s comment to the effect that “there are no gays in Iran”. The author quotes an American academic who makes the same claim, but for very different reasons —

Bulliet noted that it is, in fact, true that Westernized gay culture does not exist in the Arab world, which is not to say that same-sex relations don’t occur. Bulliet cited the book “Desiring Arabs,” written by his fellow Columbia professor Joseph Massad, which basically says the same thing.

I was immediately reminded of the “down low” in contempoary black American culture and I would hardly be surprised to find that a similar kind of cultural definition is prevalent in Iran. I doubt, however, that Iran has resisted western culture to the extent that Ahamadinejad is literally correct.

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