Lesbian Identities In Pakistan

A recent NPR piece about lesbians in Pakistan provides a sobering look at how alternative sexualities are regarded in other parts of the world. As one of the interviewees says, “in our society, women don’t have sexual needs, desires, drives, whatever.” People won’t generally assume that two women holding hands or living together are sexually involved, so in one sense lesbian identities fly under the radar–but lesbians also lack recognition, and must live their lives silently and secretly.

[NPR]

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Jeana

Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.