The Third Sex

Kathoey: Thailand's Ladyboys

Richard Totman
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The Kathoey, Thailand's Ladyboys, have long been part of Thailand's cultural landscape. Richard Totman introduces three ladyboys, and follows their development towards becoming fully fledged kathoey. Placing their lives in the context of the cultural, historical, religious, biological and psychological aspects of trans-gender. The kathoey serve as part of a wider discussion on trans-gender, and the presence of 'third-sex' groups in many ancient communities, originating in beliefs that pre-date doctrinaire religion. If the existence of a 'third sex' is a universal norm, is Western society repressed while the Thais represent a norm in nature?
Category: Cultural studies
ISBN: 9780285642591
Publisher: Profile Books
Imprint: Souvenir Press
Pub Date: May 2014
Page Extent: 192
Format: Paperback
Subject: Gender studies, gender groups