Hidden in History: Female Homoeroticism and Women of a "Third Nature" in the South Asian Past

  title={Hidden in History: Female Homoeroticism and Women of a "Third Nature" in the South Asian Past},
  author={Walter Duvall Penrose},
  journal={Journal of the History of Sexuality},
  pages={3 - 39}
  • W. Penrose
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Sociology
  • Journal of the History of Sexuality
To explore this female third-gender role I shall first consider some of the current theories about alternative genders in traditional societies and then examine the remnants of such genders as still exist in remote regions of India. I shall then survey ancient Sanskrit and later historical documentation of women whose occupations cross-dressing and masculine behavior match what we might expect a third gender to entail. Finally I will discuss the demise of third-gender roles for women in the… 
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