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November 28, 2010

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Liberator Émigré Éire

Looking forward to your later analysis - thanks for signposting this.

Salima Masud

And thank you, Corey, for keeping me informed.

JNez

thank you for this! i've been meaning to read this book...now i most certainly will.

Corey

@Thanks, guys!

@ JNez! For me, Colonialism and Homosexuality wasn't exactly an easy read. Personally, I just didn't find ALL OF IT that interesting, and I didn't care very much for the manner in which the author handled some of the material. Yet, it IS an important book! It's also a rather pricey book, and I was able to check it out at the local library. In fact, I renewed it (5 times) until I couldn't renew it anymore - because it just took FOREVER to get through. NOT THAT THE SUBJECT MATTER ISN'T INTERESTING! IT IS! Again, I attribute my initial lack of interest to the author, but when I was actually able to zero in on some things, it became quite FASCINATING, indeed! I would definitely encourage you to read the book. I'd LOVE to know what you thought of it, and IF you can sit down and read it back to back, day after day, then MORE POWER TO YOU!

way2ec

I read this post second. In this one, I admire the way you have balanced the many perspectives that are possible. Age of consent is certainly one of them. I compliment you for pointing out that this was and still is a web of many players. "Intergenerational sexual relationships"? Shine the light on this stuff Corey... there are many many shades of grey, but each of us, whatever our culture or place in history, we must be able to shine the light of truth into the darkness. Abuse of power, exploitation of children, sexual degradation, call them on it, even if they "got away with it" then.

Thomas

I find the painting by Blanche intriguing. I wish I had some art education to truly understand it but what is so glaring to me is how removed and isolated Salah is even while in the midst of these perverts and pedophiles! In fact all personnages in the portrait could be isolated into a portrait of themselves, individually. There is little harmony between the elements/people of the portrait. It's almost as if they were cut and pasted together.

I supposed as a homosexual I should be interested in this history, but all it does is sicken me with disgust! It seems to be just yet another vile example of white folks exploiting the subject of the "white man's burden".

Oh, and superb post, Corey, LOL. Lest I forget to state that in the midst of all my disgust, lol.

Corey

@Hi Thomas! What a sensibility and fine eye you have. Do you really need an "art education" to see the obvious? It took a long time to get this set of blog posts out of my system because I couldn't figure out exactly how I wanted to present them. Initially, I wanted to keep it simple by doing a post on the portrait ALONE - for the fact that I, too, was so intrigued by it. You analysis is dead on! Along the way, I collected a bit of info (which I've since lost), that explained how the artist painted his subjects at different times which produced that "cut and paste" effect. However, I'm not so sure that it was done deliberately. Unfortunately, the little bit of online critique that I found on the painting is in French, and since I don't know the language....well! I do know that this particular portrait is considered to be one of Blanche's minor paintings - his fame & strength was in portraiture. Yet, I find it very interesting how Blanche chose to feature Athmann ben Salah so prominently - especially at a time when people of color were so marginalized and hardly ever considered the focal point.

It's almost as if he placed the little colored boy RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE depicting him as the prey the very predators who surround him see him to be. And there's Andre Gide glaring at us so cocksure as if to say "GOT HIM"....and wasn't that his attitude? Emotional detachment? Maybe that's exactly what Blanche saw in the whole scenario, especially from ben Salah.

As far as Blanche is concerned, most commentators and art historians don't claim him as part of their tribe. Yet, he was an honorary member! They were ALL HIS FRIENDS and HE HUNG AROUND WITH THEM.........ALL OF THEM! In the process of garnering material, I amassed a whole collection of portraits of many of the men who made up this circle - all painted by Blanche, and all are quite striking, indeed. In the near future, with the right kind of inspiration, I very well may do a whole post on them. I think they're actually quite stunning, and I would have loved to have been painted by Jacques Emile Blanche.

No matter what angle this material is presented from, we can NEVER get away from that whole matter of racial EXPLOITATION. When I actually started to research some of these men, I was struck how some compilers, bloggers, etc, totally tried to write that whole aspect of pederasty OUT of the TRUTH of WHO THEY REALLY WERE - almost to the point of GLORIFICATION. You may or may not be interested and it's okay! But, I'd be concerned if it DIDN'T SICKEN YOU!

THANK YOU for your comments, and for always helping to create dialogue on this blog.

Thomas

"It's almost as if he placed the little colored boy RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE depicting him as the prey the very predators who surround him see him to be. And there's Andre Gide glaring at us so cocksure as if to say "GOT HIM"....and wasn't that his attitude? Emotional detachment? Maybe that's exactly what Blanche saw in the whole scenario, especially from ben Salah."

That's exactly it!!

And the picture of the little Egyptian boy at the bottom, turns my stomach!

Chile, your knowledge is veritably encyclopedic and impressive. I am envious (and proud)!

Healing Injustice

This is a great post on Colonialism and Sexual "Tourism" and I have shared it frequently in debattes concerning this subject. What would be great if you would have a widget on your blog that would allow to subscribe to new posts via email.

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