Sometime around 2005 the New York Times seems to have discovered that any article about Iran - its nuclear program, relations with Israel, whatever - could be illustrated with pictures of attractive Iranian women, headscarves pulled back as far as possible, reacting to the news of the day on the streets of Tehran. Foreign Policy recently took this trend to its logical extreme with a photo essay that looks behind the veil, and under the shirt, challenging our preconceived ideas about Iranian women by showing that they too are topless when you photograph them in dressing rooms. This latest example of our ongoing collective obsession with Iranian women finally inspired me to finish up the map above, based on almost a decade of anecdotal data about what nationalities random people I've talked to over the past ten years seem to be into. It is by no means scientific, and is limited to white, upper middle class straight Americans simply because they represent the vast majority of my sample size. I have no real evidence for how different things would be for other groups. Are gay guys more into Germans? Is that just an offensive stereotype? Or is Joseph Massad right in claiming gay Westerners are actually all into Arab guys? I just don't know.
|From "Iranian Mystique," a foto essay by Hossein Fatemi|