Sodomy Laws and Gender Variance in Tahiti and Hawai‘i

  title={Sodomy Laws and Gender Variance in Tahiti and Hawai‘i},
  author={Aleardo Zanghellini},
In both Hawaiian and Tahitian, the central meaning of mahu denotes gender-variant individuals, particularly male-bodied persons who have a significant investment in femininity. However, in Hawai‘i, unlike Tahiti, the word mahu is now more commonly used as an insult against gay or transgender people. The negative connotation of the term in Hawaiian indexes lower levels of social acceptability for mahu identity on O‘ahu (Hawai‘i’s most populous island) as compared to Tahiti. The article argues… 
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