Item #6923 The Third Sex. Richard Totman.
The Third Sex

The Third Sex. Kathoey - Thailand’s Ladyboys

London: Souvenir Press, 2003. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher’s pine cloth, spine gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.

First edition of theater director and psychologist Richard Totman’s study of kathoey - trans women in Thailand. Employing ethnographic fieldwork and secondary sources and research, Totman details the history of the kathoey phenomenon, the relationship between the "Third Sex" and Buddhist teachings (which classify kathoey as women who were born as men as a form of atonement for past sins), the sex industry in Thailand along with a comparison to sex work in the West, and more. Illustrated with black-and-white photos; with endnotes. Some foxing to edges of textblock, spine slightly rolled; unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #6923


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