Aug 282012

iHarem is a blog with a vast collection of images and especially video clips of harem/slave girl/odalisque Orientalist fantasies, some going back to the early Silent Film era. Apparently, as long as there has been moving images, they have been used to deliver Orientalist fantasies of beautiful, available women, often in quantity.

For just a taste of the scores of clips like this, check out this clip of a young Julie Newmar dancing in gold body paint in Serpent of the Nile.

Technically, this isn’t a harem or Orientalist image, as it is set in Ancient Rome, but the dialectic of Occident/Orient is often mapped onto Rome/Egypt. So, whether the story is set in classical times or some ahistorical Orient, it doesn’t really matter, so long as the dancing girls keep dancing.

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