A new online magazine based in Israel will include articles and features by gay and lesbian authors, marking a first for Arabic language journalism. […]We are doing this to allow gays to speak out, to leave their ghetto and to become a natural part of Palestinian and Arab culture.
‘As we all know’ – it is a well known feature of Arabic language journalism that any author is required to publicly perform sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex before he is accepted for publication……without this public display of ‘non-gayness’ he is condemned to silence in the ghetto.
Give me strength!
The website will carry writing on literature, cinema, theatre, music, visual art and political analysis.
Because of course ‘as we all know’, you can’t possibly write on these subjects without it being publicly known what your sexual preferences are…..
Distinguished poets, writers and academics from the Middle East are expected to contribute.
What’s the betting that it will only include article and features by those to whom their same sex preference is an essential part of writing about literature, music, or politics – leaving those who prefer not to talk about their private life – in one of those darned ‘ghettos’.
“the magazine will challenge taboos and the limits of free speech in Arab and Islamic societies.”
Oh, and when it’s successfully challenged those taboos and the limits of free speech it will give a high pitched whinny and claim it’s being victimised and demand its ‘uman rights and complain to Ban Ki Moon and everything….
Because this really isn’t about gays being able to write about politics or music at all, is it?
Meanwhile the rest of the world gets on with writing and no one knows that they are secretly in love with Paul the Octopus……