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posted by tellurian at 3:52 AM on December 8, 2009


Sorry, I didn't know about madamjujujive's Excellent previous post on the same topic, but the pictures in the second and third links above are quite good, and the material in the first link isn't too bad either. However, yes, it is a double so I can't fault you for that. My mistake.
posted by hadjiboy at 4:06 AM on December 8, 2009


No fault meant – previously, not double. I felt that anyone who was interested enough to click through to the comments would appreciate the (over three years old) previous post.
Carry on as you were.
posted by tellurian at 4:42 AM on December 8, 2009


Wow. The poems and commentary in the Flickr link smell somewhat of batshit.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:18 AM on December 8, 2009


Now I'm trying to remember the name of a novel featuring a child given over to hijras & brought up as one of them, but with no luck. The best I could google was Khushwant Singh: Delhi, but it wasn't that one...
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:12 AM on December 8, 2009


The interview in the third link is very interesting. Thanks for posting this!
posted by feste at 5:25 PM on December 8, 2009


You're welcome.
posted by hadjiboy at 4:58 AM on December 10, 2009


Great post, interesting topic, thank you for sharing these links; I was involved in creating a presentation examining to the similarities and differences of the Hijra, and Sadhin (a 'female' ascetic), with the assignment of reconciling a global 'binary gender' bias, based partly on concepts related in Serena Nanda's work (worth a read)
The whole investigation of 'Gender cross culturally' is ridiculously interesting, there have been some really progressive ideas around the world (in the past) such as two spirits(work by Sabine Lang), as mechanisms for social interaction and understanding, without the, 'this role for one, and that role for the other' binary mentality we have as the mainstream of 'Modern society'.
tl;dr?
In the west we try to bend the spoon (gender)... while others, through time and space (history), {but why always History, Why never Herstory, or better Ourstory?} long ago realized that there is no spoon (gender)
posted by infinite intimation at 2:46 PM on December 11, 2009


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