Gender and Sexuality
Contesting Beauty: Black Lesbians on the Stage
The 1995 publication, Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa (Gevisser and Cameron, 1995), pioneered a new field of study that is yet to be fully recognised in South Africa. This rich collection, written by South Africans across the country, assembled a wide range of gay, lesbian and, although unnamed, transgender experiences. The literature has expanded over the years, taking consideration of the changing landscape of lesbian and gay politics in the country. Topics of concern, beauty, style, fashion and glamour tend to be located in particular bodies, namely the bodies of gay men. More specifically, the figure of the drag queen or the effeminate gay man is often viewed as representing notions of beauty and femininity that are yet to be fully explored.
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