Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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Brazilian travestis as queer postcolonial subject: theoretical insights on intimacy and border thinking
Fernanda Branco Belizario

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Date: 2015-09-25 04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-13


While western transgender and transexual political movements tend to focus on creating a more comprehensive gender and sexuality discourses, to overcome dimorphisms and the patologization presenting in medical assumptions, brazilian transvestites (travestis) are a sui generis group which challenges these counterhegemonic discourses. They are suposedly men sex workers who transvestite without considering them a disphoria or a woman in a male body, approaching them from non-Western third sex groups such as Hijras in India, two-spirit people (berdache) in North America, the Muxes in Mexico and others.

Besides not affiliated to determinist discourses on sex/gender correspondences, Brazilian travestis represent a vulnerable group constituted by black, poor, low-educated and suposedly gay community with a common subalternized background and suffers with an active production of their non-existence inside hetero and homonormative contexts, leading them to a struggle for their visibility.

Taking these points into account, the purpose of the paper is to present Brazilian travestis as a priviledged postcolonial subject who intersects borders of gender, identities, sexualities and desires in a third space of male/female or hetero/homosexualism, which allows us to put into question macronarratives of desire identifications, patterns of non monogamical relationship and gender identities.