Gender and Sexuality in Thailand

This is an abstract for the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference  from 7th – 9th December 2011 at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

This paper will describe gender and sexuality in Thailand. Buddhism is the official religion and has become a key influence in gender and sexuality in Thailand. For the gender issue, Thai society has been described as patriarchal because women are focused on the households and taking care of their children, while men concentrate on power and relationships outside the home; it thus has become an ideology to explain both women’s and men’s behaviours. In Thailand, Buddhism has also identified three genders: male, female, and male transgender, commonly known as Kathoey in the Thai language. After the mid-twentieth century, Western scholars started to influence the definition of and attitude towards Kathoey. In addition, Thai people have good attitudes towards transgender males, and Kathoey are also widely accepted in Thai society.


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Sasiphattra Siriwato

Sasiphattra Siriwato (JuL)


- ปัจจุบันเป็นอาจารย์พิเศษประจำภาควิชาความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างประเทศที่ International Pacific College, New Zealand
- กำลังศึกษาปริญญาเอก คณะสตรีศึกษาที่ Massey University, New Zealand
- ประกาศนียบัตรปริญญาโทรัฐศาสตร์ในด้านการทำงานวิจัย Monash University, Australia
- ปริญญาโทรัฐศาสตร์และนโยบายสาธารณะ Macquarie University, Australia
- ปริญญาตรีรัฐศาสตร์และศิลปศาสตร์ เอกภาษาฝรั่งเศส Canterbury University, New Zealand


- Part time lecturer for Department of International Relations at International Pacific College, New Zealand
- PhD candidate on Women’s Studies at Massey University, New Zealand
- Graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma of Arts (Research) in Politics from Monash University, Australia
- Master Degree in Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University, Australia
- Bachelor Degree in French and Political Science from Canterbury University, New Zealand

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