• The Third Sex: Kathoey: Thailand`s Ladyboys

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    • Category : humanities-and-biography
    • ISBN Code: 9780285642591
    • Format : Paperback
    • By (Author): Totman,Richard
    • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd.
    • Published Date: 01 May 2014

     

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Who are the ladyboys? Richard Totman introduces us to three individuals who started life as boys but at school they decided to become kathoey, the Thai term for ladyboys. We follow their rites-of-passage as they become fully fledged kathoey while their divergent adult lives are witness to the contrasting attitudes towards trans-gender in Thailand and in the Western world, as well as the meaning of gender and sexuality. Third sex groups form part of many ancient communities, originating in beliefs that pre-date doctrinaire religions. Some religions, such as Buddhism, embrace trans-gendered individuals but the role of other religions has led to persecution and repression. The Third Sex places these lives in the cultural, historical, religious, biological and psychological contexts within trans-gender If the existence of a third sex is a universal property, is Western society so repressed by its cultural heritage that the Thais represent a norm in nature? Why are there so many kathoey in Thailand? Why are there so few in the Western world?
 


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