Resisting Universalistic Feminist and Queer Hegemonic Discourses: An Emic Model of Thai Gender and Sexuality
Journal of Post-Colonial Cultures and Societies, Vol. 1, No. 3 & 4, pp. 67-83, 2010
17 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2011
Date Written: April 14, 2010
Thailand is known as the “land of smiles” and has the reputation of being an exotic paradise full of sexuality and tolerance (Peter A. Jackson, 2003; Manderson, 1992). Most Westerners have an idea of Thai women as submissive, attractive, and ultra feminine (Diamond, 2006; Haritaworn, 2007). Moreover, foreign observers have the idea that Thailand is at the forefront of the gay rights movement and that sexuality and gender in the Southeast Asian country can be explained through the traditional arguments developed by queer theory and feminism (Kamano & Khor, 1996). Nevertheless, those previous observations are based on a very shallow knowledge of Thai culture and history and mistake form for essence.
Keywords: Sexuality, Queer, Homosexuality, Thailand, Gender
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