ANTHROP 1AA3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Khanith

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Sworn virgins of albania: women vow to remain virgins and they are categorized as male/female: women may do this because they don"t identify with norms of femininity, economical choice: patrilineal they take on the category of male/female and they inherit objects/ wealth from the family when there are no sons, strong practices of arranged marriages may push women to take on 3rd gender in order to avoid disrespecting your family, fluctuation among categories is possible individuals may commit to being sworn virgins for only a certain amount of time. Xanith: middle east: oman, act as male servants and homosexual prostitutes; looked down upon, within extremely sex segregated society they are free to move about women"s quarters and share in their activities, unique hairstyles, clothing, personal grooming, retain their legal status as men and can revert to male status if they choose.

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