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.

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"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