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Filipino CrosscurrentsOceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization$
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Kale Bantigue Fajardo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666645

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666645.001.0001

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Seamen and Tomboys in Ports and at Sea

(p.149) Chapter Four Transportation
Filipino Crosscurrents

Kale Bantigue Fajardo

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the manhood of Filipino seamen and the sexual identity of “Filipino tomboys”— male-identified females who generally have sexual or emotional relationships with other females. It also highlights gender identifications and cultural phenomena related to Filipino seamen and tomboys. Filipino culture accepts queers as Filipino seafarers and other migrants develop close ties with Filipino tomboys because of the similarity in their orientations, such as an intense attraction towards women.

Keywords:   Filipino seamen, manhood, Filipino tomboys, male-identified females, Filipino cultural dynamics

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