Early Republic Turkey

„A Ribbon Around Their Necks“: Male Anxieties and Late Ottoman and Turkish Narratives of Female Homoeroticism

In 1928, neuropsychiatrist Fahreddin Kerim Gökay wrote that some “sapphist” women liked to wear ties in addition to short socks, men’s shoes, and a short haircut ([Gökay] 1928). The Turkish equivalent he used for sapphist was sevici, which was popular among his contemporaries, along with zürefâ and sahakâ, both of which originated in Arabic. Although it …
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