As a straight man who lived on the road for two months with two dozen gay and transgender activists, I am acutely aware of how being straight and male can initially lead to guardedness and apprehension on the part of those accustomed to abuse from members of my demographic.
His contribution and especially the challenges he poses to prevailing Western views of how the body figures in notions of gender and transgenderism are significant, particularly in regards to how sex practices can trump other considerations in defining gender.
Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Despite such irreversible physiological changes, virtually no travesti. Don Kulick. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. I think the book might be shocking to North American readers, despite Kulick's claim to avoid sensationalization.
Though I was intrigued when I came across this book, I felt a little apprehensive, largely because of some hang-ups I've come to have about the concept on ethnography in general. To view it, click here. Kulick also looks at how travestis earn their living through prostitution and discusses the reasons prostitution, for most travestis, is a positive and affirmative experience.
Read it for a Women's Studies course in college and just really felt for these "women. Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart.
The author analyzes the various ways travestis modify their bodies, explores the motivations that lead them to choose this particular gendered identity, and examines the complex relationships that they maintain with one another, their boyfriends, and their families. Advanced Search Find a Library.
The name field is required. Furthermore, Kulick suggests that travestis —far from deviating from normative gendered expectations—may in fact distill and perfect the messages that give meaning to gender throughout Brazilian society and possibly throughout much of Latin America. Gediminas rated it liked it Dec 11,
He writes with a maturity and understanding that gives him something better than social-scientific objectivity: the awareness of the inevitable subjectivity of his perspective Kulick's honesty is probably the thing that makes this not just an anthropological tract but an excellent piece of non-fiction writing.
The information presented here is a "raw" look into a very real culture, and there is no beating around the bush with the facts. Welcome back. In this dramatic and compelling narrative, anthropologist Don Kulick follows the lives of a group of transgendered prostitutes called travestis in Portuguese in the Brazilian city Salvador.
This is a really nicely balanced and respectful ethnography of a fascinating subculture in Brazil.