Superman Is An Arab by Joumana Haddad

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...the Palestinian woman who had to leave her daughters when she fled her abusive husband...the woman subjected to marital rape in a state that will not recognise such a crime. Haddad speaks out for those who cannot.
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This is not a manifesto against men in general. Nor is it a manifesto against Arab men in particular. It is, however, a howl in the face of a particular species of men: the macho species, Supermen, as they like to envision themselves. But Superman is a lie. In this explosive sequel to I Killed Scheherazade, Joumana Haddad examines the patriarchal system that continues to dominate in the Arab world and beyond. From monotheist religions and the concept of marriage to institutionalised machismo and widespread double standards, Haddad reflects upon the vital need for a new masculinity in these times of revolution and change in the Middle East. 'The revolution and its backlash are not just being fought in the streets, squares and elections across the Middle East, but also on the faces and bodies of millions of Arab women and their sisters across the world. Haddad speaks for all of us. It's time to listen.' Bidisha 'One of the most intelligent, talented and courageous young Arab poets and intellectuals today' Mahmoud Darwish 'The Germain Greer of Lebanon' Independent.
 

About Joumana Haddad

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Joumana Haddad was born in 1970 in Beirut, Lebanon, where she lives and works. A poet, journalist, and translator, she is Editor-in-Chief of the cultural pages of the Lebanese daily An-Nadar, and has published four collections of poetry which have been translated into French, German, Spanish, and Italian. She is fluent in seven languages.
 
Published September 17, 2012 by The Westbourne Press. 175 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Victoria Segal on Sep 11 2012

...the Palestinian woman who had to leave her daughters when she fled her abusive husband...the woman subjected to marital rape in a state that will not recognise such a crime. Haddad speaks out for those who cannot.

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