I see the parallel. Did you know that Paddy Bush on one occasion has agreed with speculation that Kashka is a man. Has anyone else heard this account? If that is the case; the secrecy would be to cover what would be highly risky behavior in Iraq.
Some people call me Betty, but you can call me Al. (Paul Simon)
Yeah, I felt like a change, Betty
I've always thought of the tune to the song "Kashka" as an early "Pull Out The Pin". That primitive kind of sound, especially in the chorus. It makes sense really, with one being based in Iraq and the other in Vietnam, both having lived in non-democratic countries. Yet Kate still connects to them emotionally - "Pull Out The Pin"'s protagonist says "I love life" whilst Kashka knows "the way to be happy", even though their way of life is so much different and harder (to extents) to ours.
That was a Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue" This thread has somehow become about perceived proclivities and persuasions. Exactly the direction discussion of this song should go.
Being male and artistic however, should not be assumed to be effeminate. I feel more secure with myself that some chest-thumping homo-phobe. So your point is well taken. I find it easy to express my masculity as well. I guess that some guys are threatened by beauty, color and shiny objects.