אתניות ומיניות: סובייקטיביות מזרחית-הומואית חדשה ותיירות גאה בתל אביב

Translated title of the contribution: Ethnicity and Sexuality: Gay Mizrachi subjectivity and Gay Tourism to Tel Aviv

גילי הרטל, ארנה ששון-לוי

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Abstract

Tel Aviv is becoming a hotspot for gay tourism through the support of municipal and national forces. The city is marketed as a Middle Eastern gay utopia, drawing tourists due to its location, LGBT nightlife and Oriental flavour. Meanwhile, local Israeli LGBT individuals strive to produce themselves as Western, both performatively and politically. This paper discusses how the Tel Aviv municipality, the state, commercial actors and LGBT individuals utilize Israeli ethnicities. We argue that the dissonance between Orientalist images and Westernization processes, which are particularly noticeable in the marketing of gay tourism to Tel Aviv, maintains a twofold construction of Tel Aviv as both Middle Eastern and a global city. Reinforcing the differentiation from the Middle East and other Arab countries, while embracing Orientalist images and tastes under the guise of authenticity, this particular kind of pinkwashing also differentiates the city as other than the rest of Israel. This in turn creates new nuances of ethnic Israeli gayness illustrated by an emerging gay Mizrahi culture.
Translated title of the contributionEthnicity and Sexuality: Gay Mizrachi subjectivity and Gay Tourism to Tel Aviv
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)34-58
Number of pages25
Journalסוציולוגיה ישראלית: כתב-עת לחקר החברה הישראלית
Volume20
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2019

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • East and West
  • Ethnic groups
  • Ethnic groups -- Israel
  • Homosexuality
  • Mizrahim
  • Orientalism
  • Sexual minorities
  • Sexual minorities -- Population
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
  • Tourism
  • Tourism -- Marketing
  • אוריינטליזם
  • הומוסקסואליות
  • זהות אתנית
  • להט"ב
  • מזרח ומערב
  • עדות המזרח
  • עדתיות ותרבות בישראל
  • שיווק נופש ותיירות
  • תיירות
  • תל-אביב (יישוב עירוני)

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