Masculinity in Indonesia

Richard Parker, Regina Maria Barbosa and Peter Aggleton

in Framing the Sexual Subject

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520218369
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922754 | DOI:
Masculinity in Indonesia

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This chapter discusses male sexualities and sexual cultures in Indonesia. It studies the complex ways the construction of masculinity takes place, not only in relation to women and femininity, but also in relation to the waria gender category. It also expands on the significant attention given to “third gender” categories in recent anthropological and cross-cultural research. Finally, the chapter shows the extent to which gender power and sexual domination are not a function of gender differences in “the mainstream sense,” but are actually functions of class distinctions, age differences, and unequal power relations in society.

Keywords: male sexualities; sexual cultures; Indonesia; construction of masculinity; waria; third gender category; gender power; sexual domination; gender differences

Chapter.  5200 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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