Queer History #6: Looking into Kathoey; Origin of Gender Culture in Thailand

Kathoey of Ladyboys are a common sight in Thailand, especially in big city like Bangkok. International tourists flock in to see them, consume sex from them, document them but many seem to humiliate. Ironically, Kathoey seems to be the origin or in fact the starting point of Tahiland’s gender culture which is arguably translated into modern gay scenes.

An essay by Megan Sinnot here on Gay vs Kathoey. And also an essay by Andrew Matzner titled On the Question of Origins: Kathoey and Thai Culture here. And another by Sam Winter on Why are there so many kathoey in Thailand here.

Links on Kathoey herehereherehere, and here, and more of course.

A documentary on kathoey:

Uploaded by vimeo user, faithjuliana.

 

*RAP’s posts on Queer History are expandable. There is so much we can find out hence if you have anything to add, please comment below or e-mail to us. Let the lists go on.

One response to “Queer History #6: Looking into Kathoey; Origin of Gender Culture in Thailand

  1. Pingback: Queer History #31: Conclusion; Waving the Rainbow Flags | rainbowartsproject

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