Female Desires Same-Sex Relations and Transgender Practices Across Cultures
- List Price: $83.50
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
- Publish date: 03/01/1999
- ISBN: 9780231112604
- ISBN10: 0231112602
Female Desires offers compelling evidence against the commonly accepted notion that non-Western women are generally passive victims of male domination and compulsory heterosexuality. It also dispels the idea that same-sex female desire is rooted In Western neo-imperialist culture: contributors show non-Western women to be active agents of their own sexual identities. Essays include Giti Thadani on lesbian desire in ancient and modern India, Saskia Wieringa on butch-femme social types in Indonesia and Peru, and Norma Mogrovejo on the lesbian movement in Mexico.
In a larger sense, the essays attempt to look past the ethnocentric categories in which sexuality, identity, and culture are often considered.