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By Don Kulick

In this dramatic and compelling narrative, anthropologist Don Kulick follows the lives of a gaggle of transgendered prostitutes (called travestis in Portuguese) within the Brazilian urban Salvador. Travestis are men who, usually starting at a long time as younger as ten, undertake woman names, garments kinds, hairstyles, and linguistic pronouns. extra dramatically, they ingest titanic doses of girl hormones and inject as much as twenty liters of business silicone into their our bodies to create breasts, large hips, and massive thighs and buttocks. regardless of such irreversible physiological alterations, almost no travesti identifies herself as a lady. furthermore, travestis regard any male who does in order mentally disturbed.

Kulick analyzes a few of the methods travestis alter their our bodies, explores the motivations that make them select this actual gendered id, and examines the complicated relationships that they retain with each other, their boyfriends, and their households. Kulick additionally appears to be like at how travestis earn their dwelling via prostitution and discusses the explanations prostitution, for many travestis, is a favorable and affirmative experience.

Arguing that transgenderism by no means happens in a "natural" or arbitrary shape, Kulick indicates the way it is created in particular social contexts and assumes particular social kinds. additionally, Kulick means that travestis—far from deviating from normative gendered expectations—may in reality distill and ideal the messages that supply aspiring to gender all through Brazilian society and doubtless all through a lot of Latin America.

Through Kulick's attractive voice and sharp research, this elegantly rendered account isn't just a landmark learn in its self-discipline but in addition a desirable learn for an individual attracted to sexuality and gender.

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