Thursday, June 25, 2009

Update: Hermaphrodites In Iran

Richard Brody, at the Front Row, has an interesting post about film as a harbinger of political change in Iran—he mentions “The Wind Will Carry Us” and “Offside.” In that sense, “Be Like Others,” which is being broadcast tomorrow on HBO, is particularly well-timed. It’s a documentary about gays and transsexuals in Iran, a country in which homosexuality is punishable by death, but sex-change operations are, thanks to a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, perfectly legal—in fact, the government will pay for them.

The filmmaker, Tanaz Eshaghian, talks to one young man for whom the operation offers what may be an illusory bit of hope (and also, as we see in a darkly funny scene, a reinvented relationship with his, or rather her, mother, who immediately starts haggling with her now-daughter’s hairdresser-boyfriend over a dowry). For another man, it seems like the final blow in a tragedy. But one of the most surprising characters in “Be Like Others” is an Iranian woman—a very strong-willed woman—who is seeking a sex-change operation. “Women like me already,” she tells the surgeon she consults. “I ride motorcycles.” What has she been up to, amid the street protests? Whatever else, one hopes that she is still riding her motorcycle.

"Does this mean that the male pseudohermaphrodite condition is hereditary? While it's clearly a genetic defect, there are instances in humans where intersex conditions like this are passed solely from the maternal side to male descendants. In these cases, the daughters in the line can be carriers but do not actually have the condition."

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  1. you are SHAMELESS. they recently had the tragedy of the elections, countless died as martyrs, and this is what you do, attack and insult them?? SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!


  2. The Moderator didn't create this documentary. As i recall, there's always turmoil in the Mideast.

    Why don't you blame HBO for airing this documentary tomorrow.

    You sound like a BITTER ASS INTERSEXUAL!

  3. This might be the real reason why there is so much turmoil in the middle east.

  4. "A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual acts such as foreplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not committed a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man's four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl's sister."

    Quoting: Ayatollah Khomeini

    Shameless is the ruler who made this statement!

  5. Okay--is it me or in that first pic that intersexual LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE KIM KARDASHIAN!!!
    Lady Dee

  6. The Kardashian family are IRANIAN!

  7. The Kardashian family is ARMENIAN.

    But yes, Middle Eastern in general.

  8. Oh i see,that makes sence,for the mother to carry the gene but not have it themselves.

    Its almost like the balding gene,wich is hereditary of the mothers side.

    I saw this documentary,i was find these documentaries because,they are fascinating,and its something i try really hard to understand.

    to the quote above ayatolla khomeini,ive read that on youtube,there was a discussion,between two men,and one was asking about these writing,and the other guy was confirming what was written...

    I try to understand these sinister happenings,but its really mind boggiling....

    lol..and shit it makes me wonder,i've heard that alomost every family has at least one person that is gay,ect.Even in my family.I hate to be so personal on a blog,but i'm trying to understand.
    Both my sisters are lesbians,niether of them are manly,and i've seen them naked,lol wich wasnt plesent,so i know they are 100% female.but anyway one was abused when she was 10,and so was i(and for awhile thought i was bisexual,but found i didnt feel that way)it wasnt a relative but a friend of my dad(my dad has a hard time trusting people because of their moral values) other sister has never been abused,but she doesnt really date at all.i do wish they would find a male partner,as do i.

    So my question homosexuality a form of innersex?or is that used for a cover up,and there are real people who like the "same" sex?and is homosexuality and bisexuality being pushed as a fad?