Why Was the Berdache Ridiculed?

David F. Greenberg

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    Several anthropological explanations of why North American Indian berdaches were ridiculed are considered and rejected in favor of the proposal that berdaches were laughed at largely in the context of traditional joking relationships. Consequently, reports that Indians ridiculed berdaches need not be interpreted as evidence that they held negative views of homosexuality.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)179-188
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Homosexuality
    Issue number3-4
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Gender Studies
    • Social Psychology
    • Education
    • General Psychology


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