Friday, January 26, 2007

Sex and Globalization

The easiest way to get in trouble in the USA is to indulge in ethnic generalizations. But people from all over the world flock to New York City, and it’s difficult keeping your eyes shut. My area of Staten Island is dominated by Albanian Muslims and Sri Lankan Tamils. There are also growing numbers of middle class African Americans.

As Yugoslavia broke apart with the death of Tito, the Albanians built a huge mosque. The fair-haired Albanian girls favor skintight jeans and cropped tops; thongs have been seen; their ponytails bob as they rule for the time being the mosque yard. This area has been Albanian since the 1920s. Albanian women profess total ignorance of Islam.

Large numbers of Arab and Pakistani Muslims, however, have moved into the area so that their children can be educated at the mosque school. And thus there are growing numbers of “moving black objects.” These women are veiled and cloaked top-to-toe in black, even wearing black gloves. You see them only when they take their kids to school.

I adore one Sri Lankan mother whose two boys are Ben’s age. I like the African American girls. But I witnessed scenes last summer which I wouldn’t believe if I didn’t see them with my own eyes. African American boys regularly capture the girls, aged six to sixteen, pen them in, and practice simulated rape. The first time I saw this I was horrified and thought at first I’d call the cops. But then I noticed that the parents and adults all seemed to regard this as innocent play. It’s a kind clothed outdoor kiddie porn. I try not to watch.

I could write a book longer than War and Peace on the sociology of New York Jewish women. Although there has been some combat, it’s been mostly love. But my friend Denis and I got divorced about the same time, and I laughed when he said: “Every day is Pearl Harbor Day when you marry a J.A.P.”

At the Sri Lankan deli one hot day last summer I stood in line with an Arab man and Playboy’s playmate of the month. He refused to look at her; indeed he would twist about in line to make sure he wouldn’t “see” her. Islam outlaws “the male gaze.”


Blogger Kirby Olson said...

I like Rudy Giuliani.

Andrea Dworkin in one of her mindless screeds argues that pornography drives men mad, but then she says that Saudi Arabia is the world's worst country for phallocentric hinkmeister.

The penalty for owning pornography in Saudi Arabia is crucifixion.

I like Rudy Giuliani.

I also enjoyed a lot of your observations here. You are a valuable person because you squirrel away all these nutty observations that don't fit into any known paradigm.

I love Rudy.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Michael Andre said...

You'd like Rudy less if you'd lived in New York before 9/11. He was perfect for something like a terrorist attack. But he wasn't much good at day-to-day governance; he has no diplomatic skills, and little interest in history. Like President Bush, Mayor Giuliani believes in "my way or the highway."

10:09 AM  
Blogger Kirby Olson said...

Giuliani at least has a way. I have heard that he lowered the crime rate an dmade New York City governable again. Sometimes you need someone like this. He will close borders and clean up the whole world if we let him.

Sounds good to me.

I've also heard he's very personable. People love him. He's companionable, and when he visits small towns, he eats all the food that he orders.

He's particularly nice to babies. I love Rudy!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Michael Andre said...

Giuliani has changed. He got rid of his comb over and acted rationally during the 9/11 disaster. But I got really sick of his crazed press conference prior to 9/11. My favorite was when he banned chewing gum, although, following a morning tiff, he announced to the world that he was divorcing his wife. That was second. There followed stupid soap opera. She sued for possession of the marital residence which was Gracie Mansion. He always prejudged police racial incidents, i.e. the Blacks were always wrong. I think Giuliani would make as big a mess of America as Bush.

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