Homosexuality

Park, a Korean-American Democrat, won his race against Republican incumbent Valerie Clark.

“The election of an openly gay man to the Georgia General Assembly represents just one more step on the road to full equality for LGBT people in Georgia. Sam Park will join a growing number of elected officials who will fight for the rights of LGBT people as we push for full state-wide nondiscrimination laws in the coming legislative session.” ~  Executive Director of Georgia Equality Jeff Graham

history made!

  1. No, I should not warn people that the book I’m advertising has gay content because gay content in no way requires warnings. You might as well ask me to put a warning on it for containing an aircraft carrier. It’s just not something anyone needs warning over, and if anyone is offended by this unwarningworthy content, they frankly deserve to be.
  2. I have never hidden anything about the LGBT content in my novel. It’s published by an LGBT publisher so it’s kind of expected it has at least one LGBT character. I’ve spoken often here about that main character, and have never hidden that she’s gay in any way shape or form. I didn’t mention it specifically in my latest post because I’m focusing on other selling points for the third book. The people most likely to get Book 3 are those who have read 1 and 2 and already know it has a gay lead, so I was posting about the content they’d want to see in the next book.
  3. I’m guessing you’re one of those people who’s “Okay with homosexuality so long as it’s not confronting me” people. So surely I’m expected to explain how the gay content in Valhalla and its sequels is not “confrontational.” I have after all maintained that these are action, not romance, and have little of the latter. But because I absolutely loathe your mentality, I’m going to take quite the opposite stance on this one:
  4. Valhalla and its sequels “confront” you with HOMOSEXUAL INTERCOURSE. That’s right- Each of these three novels has at least one instance of HOMOSEXUAL INTERCOURSE. That is to say, intercourse between homosexual individuals of the same sex. I’m sorry, was I supposed to warn you that I was going to mention HOMOSEXUAL INTERCOURSE? Because if you’re offended by HOMOSEXUAL INTERCOURSE I’d hate to unexpectedly “confront” you with any HOMOSEXUAL INTERCOURSE. So consider this your “warning,” Valhalla does indeed contain… Wait for it… HOMOSEXUAL INTERCOURSE.
  5. It’s been over a year since I got an idiot such as yourself writing in to complain about Valhalla’s gay content so forgive me for indulging in a public reply, but for the love of god if you think a book needs a warning because a girl gets a crush on another girl you have serious social problems and need a solid smack in the monitor to tell you to grow the fuck up.
  6. And of course, I could never turn down a chance to use such an ask as an advertisement. So by all means everyone reading this, read Valhalla by Ari Bach: Because it contains HOMOSEXUAL INTERCOURSE.
medievalists.net
Study examines the same-sex relationships of Medieval Arab Women - Medievalists.net
A recent article suggests that lesbian activities of women in the medieval Arab world were far more common and open than is commonly believed, or would be considered acceptable in today's Middle East.

“Arab literature also has several examples of women [that] were involved in same-sex relationships – a catalog from the late 10th century names twelve books which seem to be about two women. One of the more popular stories was that of Hind Bint al-Nu`man, the Christian daughter of the last Lakhmid king of Hira in the seventh century, and Hind Bint al-Khuss al-Iyadiyyah from Yamama in Arabia, known as al-Zarqa’, who were praised by poets and writers for their devotion to each other.

Also, Arabic texts related to eroticism also mention lesbian women. The thirteenth-century Tunisian writer Shihab al-Din Ahmad al-Tifashi describes the local lesbian community, and how these women taught each other various practices. Amer uses this evidence to explain,

Arab lesbians were both named and visible in medieval Arabic literature. Moreover, and in contrast to their status in the medieval West in the same period, for example, Arab lesbians were not considered guilty of a “silent sin,” and there is no clear evidence that their “crime” was punished by death. In fact, lesbianism in the medieval Islamicate literary world was a topic deemed worthy of discussion and a lifestyle worthy of emulation.’ 

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