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Falling into the Lesbi WorldDesire and Difference in Indonesia$
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Evelyn Blackwood

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834425

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834425.001.0001

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Doing Gender

Doing Gender

(p.89) Chapter Four Doing Gender
Falling into the Lesbi World

Evelyn Blackwood

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the ways that tombois and girlfriends produce, maintain, and negotiate their gendered subjectivities in the spaces where they socialize together. It considers tombois' and girlfriends' self-descriptions, their social interactions with each other, and the linguistic strategies they use to identify themselves and each other. In particular, it explores how individual tombois and their women partners identify themselves in gendered terms, drawing on the rhetoric of gender difference to make sense of themselves. It uses three overlapping spheres as metaphors to represent space: household space, community space, and public space. It also discusses tomboi masculinity and girlfriends' embodiment of their understanding of femininity, along with the relationship between tomboi/girlfriend self-identities and gender binary. The chapter concludes by showing how hegemonic ideologies of gender difference allow tombois and their girlfriends to reproduce state and Islamic gender discourses.

Keywords:   tombois, girlfriends, spaces, self-descriptions, social interactions, linguistic strategies, gender difference, gender binary, gender discourses

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