Categorizing Gender in Queer Yangon

  title={Categorizing Gender in Queer Yangon},
  author={David Fisher Gilbert},
  journal={Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia},
  pages={241 - 271}
  • D. Gilbert
  • Published 1 July 2013
  • Sociology
  • Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
“Queer” research invariably entails practices of labelling and ascription, often through the adoption of local vernacular categories from the field. In Myanmar, practices of labelling are commonly unarticulated, and local terms are contested. Acts of categorization are thus challenged. The two dominant, non-gender normative subject positions are “open”, denoting a feminine image, and “hider”, denoting a masculine image. An examination of the elements of external image, internal mind/heart and… 

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