Girly men in the Taliban

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    Aug 25, 2007 3:15 PM GMT
    In keeping with the preoccupation with masculinity here, check out this video about photo portraits of Taliban members. It's a bit long, but worth watching. It includes a surprising description of a system of pederasty in southern Afghanistan.

    http://www.slatev.com/player.html?id=1151557602
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    Aug 25, 2007 3:47 PM GMT
    Those pesky passions are just so hard to get rid of. I particularly liked the quote about the crow.
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    Aug 25, 2007 7:21 PM GMT
    when a gay terrorist blows himself up....

    http://www.viceland.com/int/dd.php?id=1055&country=us
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    Aug 25, 2007 8:10 PM GMT
    Two versions of an ancient Arab proverb

    "For a child, a woman. For pleasure, a boy. For Ectasy, a goat."

    "A woman for breeding, a goat for convenience, and a boy for pleasure."
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    Aug 25, 2007 8:26 PM GMT
    Wow, Wre, you acquired a handsome face, with purty eyes.

    Yeah, the video is a classic example of the results of repression. Women are so reviled that the men feminize themselves.
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    Aug 25, 2007 8:41 PM GMT
    I found that strangely disturbing...almost as if we were looking at corpses sort of displayed for view.

    Oh, Wrerick...I agree with OW...nice to see your pictures here. Yes, very distinctive...a big step up from a rectangle...

    :-)
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    Aug 25, 2007 8:46 PM GMT
    I had the same experience. I think it's because the make-up, combined with the photo-shop work (that sometimes distorts features), makes them look like corpses freshly embalmed in a funeral home.
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    Aug 25, 2007 10:01 PM GMT
    One of the most interesting, and thought provoking, topics I've yet seen on here. Thanks for sharing it.
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    Aug 26, 2007 2:09 AM GMT
    Never seen that site before, Owl. The photo essay on animals is incredible:

    http://tinyurl.com/2e569z
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    Aug 26, 2007 2:17 AM GMT
    Some of the photographs looked as if they were colorized black and white photos, like they did in the early part of the last century. Grew up with a ton of them in the house. They're watercolored or something like that.

    I loved the pictures of the guys holding hands. It really humanized them.
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    Aug 26, 2007 2:21 AM GMT
    I knew there was a little fabulous inside everyone, even religiously crazed fundamentalists.
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    Aug 26, 2007 3:07 AM GMT
    Is that a real fish, Chewey?
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    Aug 26, 2007 3:12 AM GMT
    Damn skippy it is. 28 pounds worth of delicious salmon.
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    Aug 26, 2007 3:18 AM GMT
    Did you wrestle it into the boat?
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    Aug 26, 2007 3:23 AM GMT
    Practically. I actually caught three that size this year, and each one of them took a while to reel in. They were fighters.
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    Aug 26, 2007 3:44 AM GMT
    Our own Captain Ahab. Are you pursing the big one that bit off your toe?
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    Aug 26, 2007 3:52 AM GMT
    Actually, I'm pursuing the one that turned me into a newt.

    ...well I got better.
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    Aug 26, 2007 3:14 PM GMT
    Couldn't get past those sparkly, strappy sandals. What the fuck?
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    Aug 26, 2007 10:43 PM GMT
    You wanna pair?
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    Aug 27, 2007 2:36 PM GMT
    Think Id have ta skip it. Wow they are bright. Its like rainbow brite meets punky brewster. A little to damaging to the eyes.