Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Sex, Sexuality and Sin at the Dead Sea

Dear everyone,
Here is my first attempt to self-publish on Kindle Direct. The book-chapter-to-be is on sale on Amazon as an article with the title "Sex, Sexuality, and Sin at the Dead Sea".
This is part of a series detailing my field trip at the height of the Arab Spring: "Alone, Asian, and Atheist in the Middle East". Check it out to see why you can't be more wrong to assume that this region is a monolith of barren sex life. Check it out to know why 13% of prostitutes in Morocco are still virgins. And check it out to join the discussion with me on how and what way the use of Western terminologies have cornered homosexuals in the Middle East into a religious suicide.
This article is a personal account of my observations and research whilst I stayed in Jordan. Here in the land of the Dead Sea, I encountered incidents that helped me look at sex and sexuality in the Middle East from a totally different angle. The spirit of the Dead Sea is far more alive and kicking than any image which mainstream media has ever created. 
When I was still a teenage girl in Vietnam reading about faraway places, the Middle East appeared to be a fairy tale land full of romantic love stories. It seemed to be full of intrigue, lustful decadence, secret lecherous harems, where princely young men passionately fought for exotic beauty. Now in our modern era, the opposite idea prevails: the Middle East through the lens of mainstream media is sexually barren, horribly oppressed while love can be considered a transgression rather than a natural human life event to be celebrated.
After living in this fascinating region for a while, both seem flawed to me. Every single person walking the street may very well be occupied by both sides of life: one is so conservative, even to the level of being almost archaic and feeling primitive; the other can be sensual, erotic and even rebellious. Hidden under any flowing robe can be some repressed desire, and averted modest eyes can be sizzling and fizzing with lust.   
Curious?
You can click on the link below and the article will be in your kindle or PC in a few seconds.
Happy reading!
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Với những bạn đã mong chờ cuốn Con Đường Hồi Giáo bản tiếng Anh (Alone, Asian, and Atheist in the Middle East), xin lỗi vì đã trễ hẹn. Thay vì một bữa no căng, mời bạn thưởng thức từng chương một theo kiểu vừa nhấm nháp vừa thúc giục chủ nhà vậy nhé J
Nếu bạn đã có Kindle, bạn có thể mua thẳng từ Amazon và đọc sau vài giây.
Nếu bạn không dùng Kindle, phía bên tay phải ở dưới cùng của box "Try it free" là link để bạn download Kindle for PC. Bạn có thể dùng phần mềm này để đọc các sản phẩm của kindle trên máy tính, điện thoại hoặc tablet.
Happy reading!

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