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The Third Sex


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In The Third Sex, Richard Totman asks why are there so many ladyboys in Thailand and so few in the Western world?

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Dr. Richard Totman was a Fellow of Oxford University, a theatre Director and has taught in Thailand. Souvenir Press have previously published his Social Causes of Illness and Mind, Stress and Health.


Examines kathoey through biology, sociology, sexuality, culture, religion, economics and their own gossipy anecdotes, and puts them in the context of other Animist cultures. -- Time Out
From Samoan to Native American, men who choose to live as women are a part of many Asian and indigenous cultures. The Third Sex by Richard Totman explores the history of what Thais call kathoey. -- Gay Times
The three personal stories he tells, each moving in its own way...which Totman tells with sensitivity and insight...He is nothing if not thorough. Personally, I found some of the historical and cultural references more revealing...alternately entertaining and poignant. -- Literary Review

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