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(The term termagant sums up the surprising way Westerners saw Muslim women before the seventeenth century.) Here are some examples of customs and social attitudes from the Muslim side of the divide (in reverse chronological order) that have me, for one, shaking my head.
I have made sure only to include instances in this weblog entry that represent a general outlook, and not just a single person's idiosyncrasy, anecdotes that reflect the Shari'a or societal consensus, not deviants and outcasts.
It is - in part, at least - a gay thing, and it's time for non-fascist gay people to wake up and face the marching music.
Just look at our own continent over the past decade.
UNICEF reported in March, as paraphrased by the Associated Press, that early marriage in Yemen has become "alarmingly widespread." In a survey conducted in September in six provinces, 72 percent of female respondents said they got married before 18 — compared with around 50 percent in surveys before the war — and about 44 percent said they were wedded before they turned 15, the organization said.
"Parents marry off their daughters to be relieved of the cost of their care or because they believe a husband's family can offer better protection," UNICEF said.
Sexual discrimination and same-sex relationships are at the forefront of current events.
After all this and more, the rules of attraction for the human species are still not clearly understood.One gay survivor of the camps, LD Classen von Neudegg, has written about his experiences.A snapshot: "Three men had tried to escape one night. ' Then they were hanged." This is one of the milder events documented in his book. Yet when the British National Party - our own home-grown Holocaust-denying bigots - announced it was fielding an openly gay candidate in the European elections this June, dedicated followers of fascism didn't blink.The news that Jorg Haider - the Austrian fascist leader - spent his final few hours in a gay bar with a hot blond has shocked some people. This is a taboo topic for a gay left-wing man like me to touch, but there has always been a weird, disproportionate overlap between homosexuality and fascism. Some 10,000 gay people were slaughtered in the Nazi death-camps.
Many more were humiliated, jailed, deported, ethnically cleansed, or castrated.
In the end, lasting love depends at least as much on behavior as biology.