Art Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theater/Play Theory

Behind the mask: On sexual demons, sacred mothers, transvestites, gangsters, drifters and other Japanese cultural heroes

Lots about the difference between Japanese Buddhist aristocratic culture and Shinto popular culture–with examples from films, plays, novels, prostitution–pegged, indeed chained, to the familiar idea that “hedonism is held in check by social taboos.” I.e., “what one sees on the screen, on stage and in comic-books is usually precisely the reverse of normal behavior.

Critique Essay Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Transgender Refugees and the Imagined South Africa: Bodies Over Borders and Borders Over Bodies

This book tracks the conceptual journeying of the term ‘transgender’ from the Global North—where it originated—along with the physical embodied journeying of transgender asylum seekers from countries within Africa to South Africa and considers the interrelationships between the two. The term ‘transgender’ transforms as it travels, taking on meaning in relation to bodies, national homes,…

Critique History Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

As Normal As Possible Negotiating Sexuality and Gender in Mainland China and Hong Kong

Drawing from the fields of ethnographic and sociological studies, cultural activism, public health and film studies, this volume poses new and exciting challenges to queer studies and demonstrates the study of Chinese sexuality as an emergent field currently emanating from multiple disciplines. The essays here showcase the work of emerging and established scholars working mostly…

Essay History Humanities Nonfiction Reference/Guide/Manual Social Sciences Theory Uncategorized

LGBT: Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America

A three-volume survey of more than 400 years of lesbian and gay history and culture in the United States, presented through over 500 alphabetically arranged entries. Coverage includes people, public policy, economics, social issues, identities, and culture, among many others. For students, researchers, and general readers.

Essay History Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex

Punctuated with remarkable case studies, this book explores extraordinary encounters between hermaphrodites–people born with “ambiguous” sexual anatomy–and the medical and scientific professionals who grappled with them. Alice Dreger focuses on events in France and Britain in the late nineteenth century, a moment of great tension for questions of sex roles. While feminists, homosexuals, and anthropological…

Humanities Natural Sciences Nonfiction Reference/Guide/Manual Social Sciences Theory

Looking Queer: Body Image and Identity in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Communities

Looking Queer: Body Image in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Communities contains research, firsthand accounts, poetry, theory, and journalistic essays that address and outline the special needs of sexual minorities when dealing with eating disorders and appearance obsession. Looking Queer will give members of these communities hope, insight, and information into body image issues, helping…

Critique History Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Made in India: Decolonizations, Queer Sexualities, Trans/national Projects

Made In India explores the making of ”queer” and ”heterosexual” consciousness and identities in light of economic privatization, global condom enterprises, sexuality-focused NGOs, the Bollywood-ization of beauty contests, and trans/national activism. In examining seemingly disparate and high profile events in post/neo colonial India, since the 1990s , Made In India demonstrates the relationships between identity…

Biography Essay History Humanities Nonfiction Social Sciences Theory

Male Femaling: A Grounded Theory Approach to Cross-dressing and Sex-changing

The glamour of transvestite fashion is the epitome of 90s style, but the significance of cross-dressing and sex-changing goes much deeper than the annals of fashion. Ekins vividly details the innermost desires and the varied practices of males who wear the clothes of women for the pleasure it gives them (cross-dressers), or who wish to…