Sex, gender & sexuality: an anthropological view

Nicholas HerrimanDr Nicholas Herriman

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Sex, gender & sexuality: an anthropological view

Nick talks about the diversity of LGBTI experiences in Indonesia - particularly of the Bugis people from Sulawesi.  The Bugis people recognise five genders:

  • Male
  • Female
  • Calalai - women who dress and act as men and who take female partners
  • Calabai - men who dress and act like women and who take male partners
  • Bissu - a kind of priest who is a connection between the hereafter, and who not seen as male or female

In recent years, these gender identities are coming under pressure.  Nick's Big FAT Idea is that the global ideas and activism associated with LGBTI has helped, but also hindered a lot of the practices of the Bugis people. 

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