March 2007: Sexual Rights

Introduction to the Month's Focal PieceAnnotation of

“Prisoners of Sex” by Negar Azimi. New York Times Magazine. December 3, 2006.

~ The Editors

Rhoda Howard-HassmannCultural Rage: A Severe Threat to Gay Men
by Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann

"In the past many Islamic societies tolerated men having sex with men. In some societies, men who took the 'active' as opposed to the 'passive' role in sex were not considered to be homosexual."

Randall KuhnExporting and Negotiating Human Rights
by Randall Kuhn

"While we can debate this within our own society, one could argue that the effective exertion of positive influence abroad begins with the consistent and self-conscious promotion of values and human rights that are truly universal."

David L. G. RiceHuman Rights and Personal Stories
by David L. G. Rice

“...the 'activists, queens, anything…who do not fit the norm' are not safe in the West. Torture, illegal detainment, surveillance of peace activists, and sexual discrimination do not just happen in Egypt or the Middle East.”

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