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

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Date Written: April 14, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

von Feigenblatt, Otto Federico, Resisting Universalistic Feminist and Queer Hegemonic Discourses: An Emic Model of Thai Gender and Sexuality (April 14, 2010). Journal of Post-Colonial Cultures and Societies, Vol. 1, No. 3 & 4, pp. 67-83, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1961826

Otto Federico Von Feigenblatt (Contact Author)

Real Academia de Doctores de España ( email )

Madrid
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