Ladyboys - Ladies? Or Boys?

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“Life can be complicated enough for members of the transgender community — the last thing they need is to have to choose between two bathroom doors: male or female.” Ladyboys is one example of transgender people, and controversy over their gender identification never ceases. Totman describes them as “glamorous and attractive men, who are now women”, with which I couldn’t agree more. Though they are neither female nor male in conventional concept, ladyboys can be categorized as female in China, because of their feminine appearances, effeminate mannerism, and stereotypically female-oriented occupations.
To begin with, ladyboys look like “real” women in appearance. “Often Thai transvestite males tend to be androgynous - small-boned,... View More »

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According to a survey of ladyboys in DongWan, Guangdong province, a ladyboy told the journalist that people like “her” make a living by performing, mostly singing and exotic dancing. Those ladyboys earn money by releasing sexy glamour, just like those women counterparts. In addition, stewardess is a new job option offered to Thai ladyboys. China Daily reported that PC Air in Thailand had recruited four transsexuals. “The airline said qualifications for the ladyboy flight attendants were the same as for female flight attendants, with the additional provisos that they be like women in how they walked and talked, and have a feminine voice.” Many Chinese media covered this news and agreed to use the term “stewardess” for transsexuals. Ladyboys are doing traditional female jobs. Therefore, from the occupations ladyboys take we can see that their gender identifications are more prone to female.
From the evidences discussed above, it’s safe to conclude that ladyboys are more properly classed as women, with regard to their female outlooks, womanish behaviors, and traditional female-oriented jobs. In fact, they still hold lower social status in the world, especially in many Asian countries, like in China. More tolerance and understanding are called on to extend to those ladyboys. I hope that someday ladyboys could be treated as what Susan & Pornchai write “You have our admiration, and with hearts full of love, we wish you all the best”.

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Beech, Hannah. Where the ‘LADYBOYS’ Are. TIME World. July 07th. ...

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