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Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia$
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Tiantian Zheng

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824852962

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824852962.001.0001

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“Tonight, You Are a Man!”

“Tonight, You Are a Man!”

Negotiating Embodied Resistance in Local Thai Nightclubs

(p.57) Chapter Three “Tonight, You Are a Man!”
Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia

Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo

Tracy Royce

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter builds upon Adam Isaiah Green’s concept of the sexual field and examines how genders and sexualities are embodied, enacted and contested on nightclub dance floors in Bangkok, Thailand. In the chapter, Hidalgo and Royce map out and analyze three separate enactments of embodied resistance to the general rules and regulations for doing gender and sexuality, i.e., mocking ideal gay masculinity via impromptu tabletop dancing, resisting hegemonic Thai femininity via the Cabaret Show, and masculine transformation via negotiating the dance floor. In all of these episodes, clubbers or performers located outside of the sexual field (or lower on its tiers of desirability) used humor and playfulness as a means of disrupting the serious business of the club’s gender and sexual hierarchies.

Keywords:   gender, sexuality, Thailand, embodiment, space, sexual field, nightclub

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