Dorothy L. Hodgson. The Gender, Culture and Power Reader
The article by Dorrothy L Hodgson discusses the issue of males who love getting penetrated, as prostitutes in Brazil, and how they are viewed differently in this region in comparison to other parts of the world. Same-gender sexual and passionate relations are present in every single society. However, in Brazil, the definition of a male gay and your position in the sexual relationship, plainly and figuratively, is reliant the fact if you are the inserter or the one getting penetrated.
One of the significant strength of this paper is the ability of the Hodgson to provide an almost real-life presentation of the manner ‘Travestis’ are despised in the Brazilian society, not because they are gay, but simply because they are the ones getting inserted. This means that the author has no bias against the LGBT community, something common among most authors. One of the weakness is the Hodgson’s failure to clarify what she means or the reasons the Travestis live a miserable life in the quote “Regrettably, the fact that a handful of Travestis manages to achieve wealth, admiration” (Dorothy 67).
Hodgson uses data to support her arguments, and this is evident when providing the age of the male prostitutes, and when stating the amount of silicon and other chemicals they have injected in their bodies.
It would be essential to mention the relationship of Travestis with the women prostitutes, is there bad blood between the two genders. Most importantly, Hodgson would have provided an apparent reason as to why the penetrator is viewed as the superior gay, and why in Brazil and no other parts of the world.
Some questions that are not answered include how the Travestis grew in Brazil and the laws of that country regarding the same-sex relationship. Why do Travestis want to have the specific body type, yet they say they do not wish or feel like women trapped in a man’s body? Is it strictly for business, as a way of making income?
Dorothy L. Hodgson. The Gender, Culture and Power Reader, Oxford University Press, 2015, p. 65-75