Romancing the Transgender Native: Rethinking the Use of the "Third Gender" Concept

  title={Romancing the Transgender Native: Rethinking the Use of the "Third Gender" Concept},
  author={Evan B. Towle and Lynn M. Morgan},
  journal={GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies},
  pages={469 - 497}
This essay offers a critical examination of how “third gender” concepts are used in popular American writing by and about transgendered people. Over the past decade there has been an increase in the popular use of cross-cultural examples to provide legitimacy to transgender movements in the United States. Descriptions of the “transgender native” are often drawn from ethnographic portrayals of gender variation written by anthropologists for American audiences. Introductory anthropology textbooks… 

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