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June 12, 2011

Gay girl in Damascus and “Orientalism”

Filed under: Culture,Orientalism — Razib Khan @ 11:13 pm

I already pointed out at my other weblog that the writers and editors at The Washington Post are as ignorant of Western history as Malcolm Gladwell is of linear algebra, but the “self-outing” post of Tom MacMaster-a.k.a.-”Gay Girl in Damascus” is pretty self-serving A Gay Girl in Damascus:

I never expected this level of attention. While the narrative voıce may have been fictional, the facts on thıs blog are true and not mısleading as to the situation on the ground. I do not believe that I have harmed anyone — I feel that I have created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about.

I only hope that people pay as much attention to the people of the Middle East and their struggles in thıs year of revolutions. The events there are beıng shaped by the people living them on a daily basis. I have only tried to illuminate them for a western audience.

This experience has sadly only confirmed my feelings regarding the often superficial coverage of the Middle East and the pervasiveness of new forms of liberal Orientalism.

However, I have been deeply touched by the reactions of readers.

Straight white American dude gets caught pretending to a Arab lesbian, and his defensive reaction is to spread a few imputations of racism liberally!

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