Now this is interesting. A Lebanese writer, Joumana Haddad, has written a book called Superman Is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men, and Other Disastrous Inventions. There's an interview with her at Now Lebanon. I've never heard of this writer or her previous work, but I'll check out her new book when it comes out in September. Here are a couple of quotes from the interview:
I thought there was a need to tackle manhood, not only womanhood,
because, as you might know I’m a third-wave feminist, which means I
don’t believe in women’s solidarity; I believe in human solidarity. I
believe in partnership between men and women, and if our suffering is
going to change it won’t be by women alone.
And it hit me that in the Superman story I always preferred Clark
Kent, because he’s real. And I think many of our leaders and religious
representatives here in the Middle East think of themselves as
And this: And God is a superman – that’s my first enemy, the monotheist God. That’s the first Superman we need to get rid of.