Virtual Women
Dr Anne Beaumont

Anne_Beaumont_Cover Why do some people reject the sexed bodies they were born into and transform themselves into women? Are the brains of men and women different? Is gender identity fixed at birth, is it learned behaviour or is it socially constructed? In Virtual Women, social anthropologist Anne Beaumont shows us that the answers to these prickly questions lie as much in the sphere of cultural difference as in that of science, and she constructs a new framework for gendering the body – one that centres solely on the individual. Virtual Women takes us from England to Thailand, to the twilight zone of the bars where genders blend into a human hybrid - the Ladyboys (Kathoey) of Thailand who live betwixt and between in sex. Drawing on extensive empirical research and on interviews with Kathoey and with British transsexual women and with the surgeons and psychiatrists involved, Virtual Women brings a new understanding of the transgender phenomenon:
Published:1st Sept 2014
Paperback:198 pages

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‘… no matter what the outer appearances, I never felt like a man…’
‘… in my heart I am a woman. One hundred per cent, I am a woman…’
‘…wearing male clothing made me feel physically sick…’
‘… No! We are not men, we are not women; we are Ladyboys, that’s what we are!’
‘… my papa told me, “you can do what you want with your body,
but you can’t change your heart. You have a good heart. Nothing can change that…”’


Jennifer Nicholson-Morton
fascinating insight into the curious and often misunderstood world of the transgender ‘ladyboy’. Thoroughly researched by a knowledgeable and sympathetic academic ... we are led along the transitional journey of gender migration ... An interesting book which enlarges understanding of the human condition.