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20 حزيران، 2009

A review for Prof. Massad book: Desiring Arabs

للاسف ما صحلّي اقرأ كتاب البروفيسور جوزيف مسعد لكن وقع بين يدي هذه المراجعة له والتي اتمنى ان تلقي مزيدتا من الضوء على الكتاب وعلى واقع المثليين جنسيا في بلادنا والتضامن معهم:


No one can know for sure if, when, how or in what forms Arab LGBT communities and movements will develop.(19) In particular, no one knows for sure what proportion of Arabs who have sex with people of the same sex identity as lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual. But this is no argument against solidarity with them. Nor is it an argument for privileging those who have LGBT identities, as international movements tend to do - or those who have no such identities, as Massad does.

In the age of neoliberal globalization, power relations between colonizers - witting or unwitting - and colonized cut across LGBT movements, anti-imperialist movements and for that matter the Marxist left. The fact remains that all the victims of oppression today badly need allies in the imperialist countries, who have access to far greater resources.

Cultural sensitivity and respect for self-determination are essential. But neither should stand in the way of solidarity with the victims of repression by regimes whose vicious sexual puritanism often goes hand in hand with their subservience to an imperial agenda.