Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Writings on colonialism and post-colonial portrayals of the Third World are rife with constructions of the Other as feminine, or as subject, like women, to the passionate irrationality, weakness, cowardice, traditionalism and superstition that mark the feminine as subordinate in Western discourse. In the image of the Arabs, however, masculinity is foregrounded. The Western construction of Arab masculinity serves, like the ascription of femininity it displaces, to mark the subordination of the Other.

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How to cite this article:

Anne Norton "Gender, Sexuality and the Iraq of Our Imagination," Middle East Report 173 (November/December 1991).