Posts Tagged ‘Aphrodite’

Aphrodite Will Not Be Denied (3) — and also Hestia.

In a 2003 post titled “Aphrodite Will Not Be Denied,” I linked to Muslim clerics’ criticism of Lebanese pop star Haifa Wehbe. Another Muslim singer with more complicated ancestry, Deeyah, “irked the Muslim world” with her music videos, and I said, “As I once wrote, ‘Aphrodite will not be denied.’ You either acknowledge the powers […]

A Reason to ‘Love’ Boston

Because the Museum of Fine Arts will have an exhibit opening later this month devoted to “Aphrodite and the Gods of Love.” And fine birds brought you quick sparrows over the black earth whipping their wings down the sky through midair— they arrived. But you, O blessed one, smiled in your deathless face and asked […]

Bollywood versus Desert Monotheism

A discussion (with lots of music and dancing) about why Bollywood movies are a devastating weapon against the more radical desert-father monotheisms. There is some deeper resonance that [these movies] have, which is why people want them. . . . Young people in the Middle East are just lapping up Bollywood. As I said earlier, […]

Aphrodite Smiles

Back when this blog was young, I wrote a post called “Aphrodite will not be Denied”  about the botheration caused to some Muslim clerics by the sultry Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe. If there is anything that drives the mullahs and imams mad, it is female sexuality. The bloom is off the rose of the recent […]

Did the Earth Move for You?

Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi of Iran explains that women cause Middle Eastern earthquakes. “Many women who dress inappropriately … cause youths to go astray, taint their chastity and incite extramarital sex in society, which increases earthquakes,” Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi told worshippers at overnight prayers in Tehran. It’s the way that they walk, you see. So we […]

Aphrodite and Revolution

You don’t think of her as a political deity, but a (London) Times writer suggests that Aphrodite Pandemos contributes to the success or failure of popular revolutions. This theory, which I first heard from a friend in Armenia, holds that popular upheavals only stand a chance of success if a country’s most beautiful young women […]

The Scourge of Fundamentalists Everywhere

It is the time of year when fundamentalists of various sorts get their (Brit.) knickers in a twist over Valentine’s Day. In India, said knickers will be pink, thanks to an ingenious counter-protest. Aphrodite will not be denied.

A Surrealist Hymn to Aphrodite

Blogger like to write about the weird search terms that bring in readers. Similarly Sannion turned the subject lines of messages caught in his email spam filter into what amounts to a hymn to Aphrodite Pandemos — through the Surrealist technique of random assemblage.

Mars and Venus Are in Love

Ich bin ein siegreicher Unterwasserkommandant. The July issue of the popular military history magazine Armchair Generalhas my name in it. Two other readers and I were named winners of the “You Command” contest in the March issue, involving a U-boat attack on an Atlantic convoy in 1943. It’s a sort of essay question: You are […]

Aphrodite Will Not Be Denied (2)

On the heels of the “cartoon jihad,” singer Deeyah’s new video may be the next excuse for rioting. Muslim pop singer Deeyah has irked the Muslim world with her provocative new music video that shows her stripping off a burka to reveal her bikini-clad body. In the clash of civilizations, “fight fire with hotness,” says […]