Of transgender and sin in Asia
There are vibrant transgender communities in both Thailand and the Philippines (e.g. see Winter, 2006; Winter, Sasot and King, in prep). Yet the languages of Thailand and the Philippines lack single words that correspond to our words ‘transgender’/ ‘transsexual’. In Thailand the commonest word for transwomen is kathoey. Originally used to describe hermaphrodites, the word later broadened to embrace any male contravening gender role expectations (gays, effeminate males etc), only recently (with...[Show more]
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