On entendidas and sapatonas: lesbian socialization and masculinity in a bar in Rio de Janeiro

This article presents the socialization of a group of masculine lesbian women in a bar in Rio de Janeiro's downtown. Though the explicitation of their self-denomination and body performances, I try to unveil alternative ways of masculinity construction based on women's bodies instead of on those of men. In addition, these performances open (a space for) the discussion of how the binary categories man/woman and masculine/feminine vanish in fieldwork.

Masculinities; Lesbianism; Queer Studies; Gender Studies


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