Sexual desire has long played a key role in Western judgments about the value of Arab civilization. In the past, Westerners viewed the Arab world as licentious, and Western intolerance of sex led them to brand Arabs as decadent; but as Western society became more sexually open, the supposedly prudish Arabs soon became viewed as backward. Rather than focusing exclusively on how these views developed in the West, in Desiring Arabs Joseph A. Massad reveals the history of how Arabs represented their own sexual desires. To this aim, he assembles a massive and diverse compendium of Arabic writing from the nineteenth century to the present in order to chart the changes in Arab sexual attitudes and their links to Arab notions of cultural heritage and civilization.
A work of impressive scope and erudition, Massad’s chronicle of both the history and modern permutations of the debate over representations of sexual desires and practices in the Arab world is a crucial addition to our understanding of a frequently oversimplified and vilified culture.
“A pioneering work on a very timely yet frustratingly neglected topic. . . . I know of no other study that can even begin to compare with the detail and scope of [this] work.”—Khaled El-Rouayheb, Middle East Report “In Desiring Arabs, [Edward] Said’s disciple Joseph A. Massad corroborates his mentor’s thesis that orientalist writing was racist and dehumanizing. . . . [Massad] brilliantly goes on to trace the legacy of this racist, internalized, orientalist discourse up to the present.”—Financial Times
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The author has done well to boldly take on the western society on its misconstruction of human, especially male gender and sexuality, through the invalid concept of sexual orientation. However, no one can really understand the politics that goes behind all of this, nor the real issue here, unless one understands and acknowledges the issue of 'third gender,' that the western culture, religion and science has totally neglected.
The concept of 'homosexual' is nothing but a redefinition of themselves wrongly as 'men who like men' by western third genders. In fact, its the western third genders (who today are called the 'LGBT'), who have devised the concept of sexual orientation and 'heterosexuality' and imposed it upon the males with manhood.
Sexual orientation is an invalid concept. It is actually a misdefinition of 'Gender orientation.' Sexual identities are actually gender identities. 'Straight' actually refers to manly males, or males with manhood, who have been wrongly defined by the third genders who like men, as 'heterosexuals' because, sex with women have for long been the gender roles of men. And, 'gay' actually refers to the feminine males (third genders) who have been wrongly defined as 'homosexuals.'
This is why, all over the world where the concept of 'sexual orientation' is imposed -- whether in the west or the east, manly males (those with a stake in manhood) avoid so-called 'homosexuality' like plague, while the feminine males go ahead and celebrate their so-called 'homosexuality' which is actually their femininity disguised as sexuality.