A friend (fairfignewton
) and I were talking the other day about how language and culture determine views of sexuality. She had a lot of great examples from Japanese culture, but I'm sure I won't be able to articulate them nearly so well as she. Essentially the point was that their view of sexuality is not conceptualized the same way as ours is in a variety of ways, and that people like sociologists and anthropologists need to know that in order to approach the subject without ethnocentrism, bias, etc. But this brings me to the question:
I'd like to know more about which countries and cultures conceptualize sexuality and/or gender in terms of "queerness." Right now I think America has competing ideologies re: sexuality and gender, but that queerness is one of them. Does anyone know if the concept of "queerness" exists and/or is prevalent in, say, France? Burma? Columbia? South Africa? (i.e., I'm looking for information from all over the world, not just the western world.) And maybe we won't be able to figure this out here, but I was wondering if there was a majority view throughout the world of a particular way of discussing and describing sexuality. Also, if anyone knows any books on the subject, that would be really cool, too.
Then there's also that other can of worms: If different cultures conceptualize sexuality in different ways, how shall we work togther for common goals? Is that even possible?