Travesti Prostitutes in Brazil

Marycarmen J. Lopez
FYS: Culture and Counterculture in Latin America
Problem Essay #3
3 December 2009

Female?, Male?, Neither.

Travestis in Brazil have been working in the world's oldest profession: prostitution. Because of the neglect of Brazilian society, this group of people, travestis, go through many challenges to live a daily life as normal as they can. Many attempts to create their own sense of reality by being in relationships and a prostitute at the same time. In the article, "A Man in the House: The Boyfriends of Brazilian travesti Prostitutes", Kulick presents a study and examples that have occurred in Brazil to change the perspective of what society has on ...

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same emotional standards that a woman does even when they do not consider themselves female. (Kulick 147) They dress like women by wearing female clothing. When they cannot afford surgery, they insert liters of silicon into their skin and body to create a feminine body. The only things that they have similar to a man are their genitals and other features that they were biologically born with. Travestis refuse to remove their genitals because they do not want to be a woman. Because travestis straddle the line between genders, society tends to be prejudice against them. Most of the people Kulick studied in a transgender whorehouse found that the travesties living there started relationships as a way to combat the negativity of mainstream Brazilian society. Since they do not have any power and are not accepted, the only way they have power is over the boyfriends they have.
Once in a relationship, the travesti feels empowered by the control she has over her boyfriend. She showers him ...

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