Kothi (gender)

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Kothis are feminine men or boys who take a feminine role in same sex relationships with men, often with a desire to be the penetrated member in sexual intercourse.[1] The word kothi (or koti) is common across India, similar to the Kathoey of Thailand. Kothis are different from hijras as they do not live in the kind of intentional communities that hijras usually live in. Although they are similar to the hijra in that they may take a same sex lover for a period of time (even though hijras are generally classified as asexual, they may perform sexual favors for men through prostitution), called panthis or giriyas. Additionally, hijra may be classified as a branch of the kothi family, differentiated by their castration and initiation rites. It is these events that make the hijra a "more authentic form of kothi"[2] rather than their more promiscuous counterparts, the kothis.

Local equivalents include durani (Kolkata), menaka (Cochin),[3] meti (Nepal), and zenana (Pakistan).[4] [5]

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  1. ^ Reddy, G., & Nanda, S. (2009). Hijras: An "Alternative" Sex/Gender in India. In C. B. Brettell, & C. F. Sargent, Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (pp. 275-282). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson - Prentice Hall.
  2. ^ Reddy, G., & Nanda, S. (2009). Hijras: An "Alternative" Sex/Gender in India. In C. B. Brettell, & C. F. Sargent, Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (pp. 275-282). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson - Prentice Hall.
  3. ^ Naz Foundation International, Briefing Paper 3: Developing community-based sexual health services for males who have sex with males in South Asia. August 1999. Paper online (Microsoft Word file).
  4. ^ STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE AGAINST KOTHI–IDENTIFIED MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN IN CHENNAI, INDIA: A QUALITATIVE INVESTIGATION Venkatesan Chakrapani, Peter A. Newman, Murali Shunmugam, Alan McLuckie, and Fredrick Melwin AIDS Education and Prevention, 19(4), 346–364, 2007
  5. ^ http://ilga.org/ilga/en/article/mw2s4j41BD