K-Mulitple Genders Among North American Indians

K-Mulitple Genders Among North American Indians - Berdache-...

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Berdache - meaning male prostitute The term berdache focused attention on the sexuality associated with mixed gender roles, which the Europeans identified, incorrectly, with the “unnatural” and sinful practice of sodomy in their own societies. In their ethnocentrism, the early European explorers and colonists were unable to see beyond their own sex/gender systems and thus did not understand the multiple sex/gender systems they encountered in the Americas. They also largely overlooked the specialized and spiritual functions of many of these alternative sex/gender roles and the positive value attached to them in many American Indian societies. In American Indian societies, the European homsexula/heterosexual dichotomy was not culturally relevant and the European labeling of the berdache as homosexuals resulted form their own cultural emphasis on sexuality as a central, even defining aspect of gender and on sodomy as an abnornam practice and/or a sin. While berdache in mnay American
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 3216 taught by Professor Amypalmer during the Fall '11 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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