Writings in Sexuality
“There is a historical paradox: the last decades, not the preceding centuries or millennia, seem to shape the present. The homoerotism of 8th century poet Abu Nawas, the medieval love between Hind and Al-Zarqa - a history of queer desire in the Middle East vanished under the rug of a briefer history of desiring the Middle East. Arriving colonies or American corps, Baudelaire's exoticism or Hollywood's, a struggle for independence or a fear of foreign interference - East vs. West, an inevitable by-product, arguably as old as the Greeks' possessive longing for Troy.” - from Obstacle to Gay Rights in Lebanon.
"Whereas Hannah Arendt would congratulate he who comes out as the hero in the public agora who communicates himself freely to others, Sigmund Freud would see him as a patient that has finally risen victorious in his fight against himself. If the unpredictable character of coming out is for the political theorist a testament of the bravery of he who casts it unintimidated of the unknown, it is this element of uncertainty that the psychoanalyst works with to analyze his patient; that is, to push him through the darkness of the closet so long as he lands safely on his feet on the other side." - from Hannah Arendt and Sigmund Freud on Sexual Identity in 2020.