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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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Ambiguities in Family, Community, and Public Spaces

Ambiguities in Family, Community, and Public Spaces

(p.151) Chapter Six Ambiguities in Family, Community, and Public Spaces
Falling into the Lesbi World

Evelyn Blackwood

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the particular practices performed by tombois in relation to socially significant others across household, community, and public spaces. It considers what moments and by what processes tombois take up particular subject positions by focusing on issues of body knowledge, tomboi praxis, and space. It proposes a theory of contingent masculinities that accounts for the multiple subject positions taken up by tombois and raises questions about the meanings of normative gender. It also discusses concepts of female masculinity and mestiza consciousness in order to elucidate the relation between transgender identities and normative constructions of gender. The chapter shows that tombois engage in practices and behaviors that produce apparently contradictory subjectivities, enacting versions of masculinity and femininity, as they move through household, community, and public spaces.

Keywords:   tombois, household space, community space, public space, body knowledge, gender, female masculinity, mestiza consciousness, transgender identities, femininity

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