Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East by Brian Whitaker

By Brian Whitaker

Homosexuality is a taboo topic in Arab nations. Clerics denounce it as a heinous sin, whereas newspapers write cryptically of "shameful acts." even if many components of the realm now settle for sexual range, the center East is relocating within the other way. during this soaking up account, journalist Brian Whitaker calls consciousness to the voices of guys and ladies who're suffering from homosexual identities in societies the place they're marginalized and persecuted via the specialists. He paints a nerve-racking photo of people that stay secretive, anxious lives and who're usually jailed, overwhelmed, and ostracized by way of their households, or despatched to be "cured" by means of psychiatrists.

Whitaker's exploration of adjusting sexual habit within the Arab global finds that--while deeply repressive prejudices and stereotypes nonetheless govern a lot wondering homosexuality--there are wallet of switch and tolerance. the writer combines own debts from participants within the area with a glance at contemporary Arab motion pictures and novels that includes homosexual characters and conducts a delicate comparative interpreting of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic strictures round sexuality. Deeply knowledgeable and engagingly written, Unspeakable Love draws lengthy past due realization to a very important subject.
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To illustrate the difier- Jung's " 18 " C. G. Jung and Homosexuality ence betAveen an analytical interpretation of a dream, which Jung sees as characteristically psychoanalytic, and his own method of dream interpretation, which he calls "synthetic" or "constructive, he gives the following example: ' A woman patient, who had just reached the critical borderline between the analysis of the personal unconscious and the emergence of contents from the collective unconscious, had the following dream: She is about to cross a wide river.

Through the woman's association of the crab with cancer and then with a woman she knew who died of cancer following "a series of adventures with men," Jung sees the less simplistic woman as clinging to the problematic friendship as a defense " that "might betray her into leading an against a "frivolous streak "Accordingly," Jung states, "she remains at the inhomosexual level, because it serves her as a defense. (Experience shows that this is one of the most potent motives for amoral Hfe. ) Jung repeats his view of homosexuality "'^ as infantile yet a third same ar"The Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious, Jung uses the case of a young man he has treated as an illustration of how he came upon the idea of archetypes in the level of consciousness below the personal, which he called the collective unconscious.

The relation of son to mother, daughter to father, and also that of brother to sister. in a footnote, he writes, "I am not considering the sohomosexual forms, such as father-son, mother-daughter, etc.

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