Falling into the Lesbi World
|Rating||:||4.65 (740 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||531 Pages|
pretty so-so I love that books are being written about lesbians of color. I love that Sapphic love outside the West is being documented. However, this book was mediocre. I like the book that Dr. Blackwood edited better. This book just said lots of predictable things about butch-femme couples and it takes a looooong time to do it. I liked "Toms and Dees" and "Challenging Gender Norms: 5 Genders" much better than this book.
Peletz, Emory University. This is a very sophisticated, nuanced, and theoretically provocative piece of work that is simultaneously lucid and compelling; it will be of great interest to Southeast Asianists and others committed to understanding gender diversity and sexual subjectivities in postcolonial contexts and beyond." Michael G. "Falling into the Lesbi World sheds valuable light on the ways in which locally distinctive sensibilities articulate with regional, national, and transnational discourses bearing on the making of gender and sexual identities among Indonesia's Minangkabau
Blackwood analyzes the complex and seemingly contradictory practices of tombois and their partners, demonstrating how they make sense of Islamic, transnational, and modern state discourses in ways that seem to align with normative gender and sexual categories while at the same time subverting them. Winner of the 2011 Ruth Benedict Prize for Best Monograph, Association for Queer AnthropologyFalling into the Lesbi World offers a compelling view of sexual and gender difference through the everyday lives of tombois and their girlfriends ("femmes") in the city of Padang, West Sumatra. By contrast femmes notice shifts in their desires as they develop long-term relationships with tombois. While likening themselves to heterosexual couples, tombois and femmes contest and blur dominant constructions of gender and heterosexuality. The childhood and adolescent narratives of tombois and femmes offer bold new insights into a social process that is rarely addressed in anthropological, lesbian, gay, or transgender studies. The book reveals the complexity of tomboi masculinity, showing how tombois enact both masculine and feminine behaviors as they move between the anonymity and vulnerability of public spaces and the familiarity of family spaces.. We see how tombois and femmes come to view themselves as boys and girls, respectively, through their interactions with family and comm