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Female Desires: Same-sex Relations and Transgender Practices Across Cultures (Between Men--between Women)

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Publisher Comments:

This groundbreaking collection includes thirteen essays from historians, sociologists, and anthropologists who discuss transgendered females and same-sex desire among women in Asia, Latin America, Native North America, and Africa. Offering compelling evidence against the commonly accepted notion that non-Western women are generally passive victims of male domination and compulsory heterosexuality, these essays on lesbian desire in ancient and modern India, butch-femme social types in Indonesia and Peru, and the lesbian movement in Mexico dispel the myth that same-sex female desire is rooted in Western neo-imperialist culture.

Book News Annotation:

Rejecting the idea that same-sex female love is an outgrowth of Western culture, Blackwood (anthropology and women's studies, Purdue U.) and Wieringa (women's studies, Institute of Social Studies at The Hague) assemble essays that show the powerful nature of non-Western lesbian relationships. The multidisciplinary articles examine cultural practices in both history and the modern world. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Evelyn Blackwood and Saskia Wieringa have compiled thirteen essays from a group of historians, sociologists, and anthropologists who discuss same-sex desire among women outside the West, exploring female eroticism in such societies and cultures as India, Polynesia, Latin America, Native North America, and southern Africa. Female Desires offers compelling evidence against the commonly accepted notion that non-Western women are generally passive victims of male domination and compulsory heterosexuality. It also dispells the idea that same-sex female desire is rooted in Western neo-imperialist culture: contributors show non-Western women to be active agents of their own sexual identities. Essays include Giti Thadani on lesbian desire in ancient and modern India, Saskia Wieringa on butch-femme social types in Indonesia and Peru, and Norma Mogrovejo on the lesbian movement in Mexico.In a larger sense, the essays attempt to look past the ethnocentric categories in which sexuality, identity, and culture are often considered.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231112611
Editor:
Blackwood, Evelyn
Editor:
Wieringa, Saskia
Editor:
Blackwood, Evelyn
Editor:
Wieringa, Saskia
Author:
Blackwood, Evelyn
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Law and legislation
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Lesbianism
Subject:
Homosexuality -- Developing countries -- Cross-cultural studies.
Subject:
Lesbianism -- Cross-cultural studies.
Subject:
Homosexuality -- Cross-cultural studies.
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Between Men--Between Women
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.00x6.03x.83 in. 1.34 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Evelyn Blackwood and Saskia Wieringa have compiled thirteen essays from a group of historians, sociologists, and anthropologists who discuss same-sex desire among women outside the West, exploring female eroticism in such societies and cultures as India, Polynesia, Latin America, Native North America, and southern Africa. Female Desires offers compelling evidence against the commonly accepted notion that non-Western women are generally passive victims of male domination and compulsory heterosexuality. It also dispells the idea that same-sex female desire is rooted in Western neo-imperialist culture: contributors show non-Western women to be active agents of their own sexual identities. Essays include Giti Thadani on lesbian desire in ancient and modern India, Saskia Wieringa on butch-femme social types in Indonesia and Peru, and Norma Mogrovejo on the lesbian movement in Mexico.In a larger sense, the essays attempt to look past the ethnocentric categories in which sexuality, identity, and culture are often considered.
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