Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and by Afsaneh Najmabadi

By Afsaneh Najmabadi

Drawing from a wealthy array of visible and literary fabric from nineteenth-century Iran, this groundbreaking ebook rereads and rewrites the background of Iranian modernity in the course of the lens of gender and sexuality. Peeling away notions of a inflexible pre-modern Islamic gender procedure, Afsaneh Najmabadi presents a compelling demonstration of the centrality of gender and sexuality to the shaping of contemporary tradition and politics in Iran and of the way adjustments in rules approximately gender and sexuality affected conceptions of good looks, love, place of birth, marriage, schooling, and citizenship. She concludes with a provocative dialogue of Iranian feminism and its function in that country's present tradition wars. as well as delivering a huge new point of view on Iranian heritage, Najmabadi skillfully demonstrates how utilizing gender as an analytic class grants perception into buildings of hierarchy and tool and hence into the association of politics and social existence.

Show description

Read or Download Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity PDF

Similar feminist theory books

Organizing Women in Contemporary Russia: Engendering Transition

This e-book bargains a wealthy and clearly-written research of the women's move in modern Russia. It tells the enticing tale of the women's movement's formation and improvement in a rustic present process a thorough fiscal and political transition from communist rule. in keeping with vast interviews with the activists themselves, the booklet vividly records the categorical demanding situations dealing with women's teams in Russia, together with societal attitudes towards feminism, the trouble of organizing in post-communist international locations, and the ways in which the overseas atmosphere has affected the women's circulation.

Gender and Archaeology: Contesting the Past

Gender and Archaeology is the 1st quantity to severely overview the advance of this now key subject across the world, throughout various classes and fabric tradition. ^l Roberta Gilchrist explores the importance of the feminist epistemologies. She exhibits the original standpoint that gender archaeology can deliver to undergo on concerns equivalent to department of labour and the existence direction.

Reading between the Lines: A Lesbian Feminist Critique of Feminist Accounts of Sexuality

A serious research of feminist writings on sexuality from a thorough feminist and lesbian feminist point of view. A must-read for any severe feminist philosopher.

Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism

"The essays are provocative and increase wisdom of 3rd international women’s concerns. hugely prompt. .. "―Choice". .. the booklet demanding situations assumptions and pushes historical and geographical barriers that has to be altered if ladies of all colours are to win the struggles thrust upon us by way of the ‘new international order’ of the Nineteen Nineties.

Additional info for Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity

Sample text

For instance: that Iranian people [men] are greatly inclined toward young beautiful boys and some commit evil acts with them. Yes, in all nations of the world, some deeply ignorant people, overcome by the spirit of lasciviousness and satanic temptations, commit some unacceptable practices. But the people of Farang are known for all kinds of ill reputes, and especially for this evil act. They have houses of young men [prostitutes—amradkhanah], similar to houses of prostitution [qahbah'khanah]. They go to these places all the time, pay money and commit this evil act.

Formation of homosexuality through denial and disavowal becomes its condition of possibility and reproducibility. The denial of any overlap between the now separate domains of homosociality and homosexuality paradoxically provides a shelter, a masqueraded home, for homosexuality. We can continue to hold each other’s hand in public because we have declared it to be a sign of homosociality that is void of sexuality. 31 Dissimulation and “cross-representation” was another: the disappearance of the male beloved from visual representation, like his disappearance from love poetry in the same period, may have been an alternative resolution to the moral and cultural challenges posed by European judgments.

A girl playing a mandolin. Muhammad Sadiq, c. 1770–80. 34 / Part I man love and sexual practice a vice. This theme goes back at least to the seventeenth century. Thomas Herbert (1606–82), accompanying the English ambassador Dodmore Cotton to the Safavi court in 1627–29, observed: And, albeit the men affect not to dance themselves, yet dancing is much esteemed there: the Ganimeds and Layesians (wanton Boyes and Girles) foot it most admirably and in order. . They are in this practise so elaborate, that each limb and member seemes to emulate, yea, to contend who may expresse the most taking motion; their hands, eyes, bums, gesticulating severally, swimming round, & conforming themselves to a Dorique stilnesse, the Ganimeds with incanting voices & extorted bodies simpathizing; nothing but poesie, mirth, wine & admiration condominating.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.04 of 5 – based on 42 votes