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Sexual Colonization of the Indigenous Peoples
Transcript of Sexual Colonization of the Indigenous Peoples
"Cross-dressing does not mean the same thing from one native situation to another, or even within the same tribe; to believe otherwise is to homogenize all natives into the figure of the Indian, and to once more give into the ethnocentricity that has invented the category of people"
Before the Europeans showed
-women had more social equality and decision-making power
-social acceptance for men and women who cross-dressed and cross-worked as the other gender or as a mixed or third gender
-multiple genders existed
-acceptance of some forms of same sex and same gender erotic pleasure
-pre-marital sex common
The Way out
The marginalization and destruction of the Indigenous' diverse forms of erotic, gender and social life and their subordination to white, European-derived social and sexual organization
Example: "For a biological male berdache, sex could take place with a "biological" and "social" man. Sex might also take place amoung biological and social men as well. Same-sex and sometimes same-gender sexual activity did not threaten the boundaries of gender or sexual-life."
How they influenced change
-fur trading only between men and men (what the Europeans defined as "men")
-changed the Indigenous sexual norms to match theirs (the Europeans)
-changed ways of labour
-showed them that women were to depend on men
-created patriarchal division of labour
-no more female power
-residential school system
What do you think?
Will there always be a majority? Do they always have to be in power? Will our current sexual and social "norms" ever change from what they are?
By Gary Kinsman