The Third Sex by Richard Totman
Kathoey: Thailand's Ladyboys

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Through the lives of three kathoey, male transvestites, this introduction to transgender in Thailand places a cultural, historical, religious, biological, and psychological emphasis on international traditions of sexuality. A fascinating anthropological and sociological exploration, the context of transgender is detailed through the challenges and joys found in Manat, Lek, and Akorn as they travel through the social rites of passage to become kathoeys. As a part of the cultural landscape of Thailand, the kathoeys are a modern expression of an archaic tradition, and through these personal stories a wider discussion of transgender and the existence of a "third sex" in international societies emerges.

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Richard Totman has taught at Oxford University, the University of Sussex, and in Thailand.
Published October 1, 2004 by Souvenir Press. 196 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Self Help, Travel, Gay & Lesbian, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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