Identity, sexuality and commercial sex among Sri Lankan nachchi

Jody Miller, Andrea Nichols

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Abstract

This study investigates the complex and contradictory ways in which gender identity, sexuality, and desire are configured in nachchi understandings of their lives in Sri Lanka. Nachchi was an insider term used by a group of sex workers best conceptualized using western understandings as both transgender and homosexual: nachchi celebrate their feminine gendered subjectivity, but also embrace key facets of their biological 'maleness,' and are ardent in their sexual desire for men. We examine the relationships between nachchi gender and sexual subjectivities, including how they compare and distinguish themselves from women and men. Particularly in the context of transactional sexual exchanges, we investigate the intersections of economics, desire, stigma and exploitation in shaping nachchi experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)554-569
Number of pages16
JournalSexualities
Volume15
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Gender Studies

Keywords

  • Commercial sex
  • Sri Lanka
  • nachchi
  • queer identities
  • transgender

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