Virtual Women: Ladyboys

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In Virtual Women, social anthropologist Anne Beaumont shows us that the answers to these prickly questions lie as much in the sphere of cultural difference as in that of science, and she constructs a new framework for gendering the body - one that centres solely on the individual. Virtual Women takes us from England to Thailand, to the twilight zone of the bars where genders blend into a human hybrid - the Ladyboys (Kathoey) of Thailand who live betwixt and between in sex. Drawing on extensive empirical research and on interviews with Kathoey and with British transsexual women and with the surgeons and psychiatrists involved, Virtual Women brings a new understanding of the transgender phenomenon: '? no matter what the outer appearances, I never felt like a man?' '? in my heart I am a woman. One hundred per cent, I am a woman?' '? my papa told me, ?you can do what you want with your body, but you can't change your heart. You have a good heart. Nothing can change that??' '?wearing male clothing made me feel physically sick?' '? No! We are not men, we are not women; we are Ladyboys, that's what we are!'


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Author(s) - Anne Beaumont | Anne Beaumont


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ISBN - 9781909644236

Dimensions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm

Page Count - 198

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