Bajan Queens, Nebulous Scenes

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dc.contributor.author Murray, David
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-08T18:06:15Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-08T18:06:15Z
dc.date.issued 2013-07-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/15942
dc.description.abstract This article has three objectives: 1) to provide a brief and partial overview of the complex socio-sexual terrain of Barbados, primarily from the perspective of Barbadian (Bajan) “queens” (effeminate homosexual men, some of whom dress and act like women), such documentation being necessary given the paucity of social science research that currently exists on same-gender sexuality in the Caribbean; 2) to analyze how and why a particular sexual subject position—the queen—appears to occupy a marginally acceptable and relatively visible position in Bajan public culture while normatively gendered “gay”-identified individuals are denigrated and absent in this domain; and 3) to analyze how and why Bajan sexual subjects like “gays” and “queens” do not mirror Euro-American sexual subjectivities and their relationships to hegemonic socio-sexual values. Particularly relevant in the Bajan sexscape are racialized intersections of gender and class structured through discourses of respect and reputation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Issue 3;
dc.subject homosexuality en_US
dc.subject Barbados en_US
dc.title Bajan Queens, Nebulous Scenes en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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