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Tuesday, June 21, 2005
She was originally a bawdy two-tailed mermaid with accessible sexual goodies and a beer belly.
Who would have guessed?
I really must get to the original Starbucks next time I'm in Seattle.
With its explicit descriptions of lovemaking, the book has been compared to Marguerite Duras's coming-of-age novel, "The Lover," and to Catherine Millet's more recent confessional essay, "The Sexual Life of Catherine M." Yet in this case the feisty 40-something North African author who goes by the name of Nedjma appears to have been motivated by more than a desire to titillate.
Rather, she explained in a recent conversation here to coincide with Grove Press's publication of the novel in the United States this month, by portraying a woman enjoying the pleasures of the flesh, she wanted both to celebrate the body as an expression of life and to strike a blow against the centuries-old repression of Muslim women.
I, for one, enjoy the "confusion."
This is also probably the first article I've seen that uses the term "gay-vague." As in, "That's a gay-vague band." Too pretty to be straight, but not effeminate enough to be gay?
Wow, somebody's really caught up in stereotypes and assumptions.
This one's basically addressing the mythical "gaydar" bullshit that (mostly straight) people purport to have or not-have, and that because more and more "straight" men are cleaning up and looking good and using hair products that it's becoming tougher for people to "tell" whether they're gay or straight (ha. Like you really could before unless the person wanted you to).
OK, mostly it's about fashion and capitalism.
But it's another example of the fact that when you walk outside the stereotypes, people seem to get really, really nervous.
I enjoy keeping people nervous. Maybe they'll learn to make fewer broad assumptions based on outerwear.
You never know.