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Short Paper#2 - Travestis Thoughts on Gender and Sexuality...

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Travestis’ Thoughts on Gender and Sexuality Gender is the term that defines someone based on their biological anatomy; a male has a penis and a female has a vagina. Sexuality is based on social constructions of how one acts and feels; how one expresses themselves as sexual beings. According to Kulick, I argue that travestis believe gender is the identity in which they are given and can’t be changed and sexuality as the identity in which they choose to be, which is homosexuality. Brazilian travestis recognize their gender identity to be male. Kulick writes that there is a strong agreement among travestis that any travesti who declares themselves as women are crazy. As Banana sums up the thoughts of travestis “I was born a man and a man I will die” (p. 84) Even though travestis dress like women, modify their bodies to look like women’s bodies, they identify their gender as male. Travestis’ justify their body modifications of silicone implants in their buttocks, hips, and chests as simply improving the things God gave them. Travestis are firm
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