Not man enough! Queer Asian masculinities at the field site

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In this article, we grapple with the ways in which our embodied masculinity affects how we learn about and tell the stories of our older lesbian respondents. Our encounters at the field site have prompted us to think through our methodological practices and epistemological positions, a prompting conditioned by the feminist and queer methodological traditions we are schooled in. Following queer feminist methodological emphasis on attending to the shifting subjectivities of researchers and participants and the concomitant affective registers of the field site, we explore what we call the ‘masculine dynamic’ between researchers and respondents that hover playfully at the contours of our research encounter. Using ethnographic vignettes and reflection notes, we ask after the interplay of masculine embodiments and performativity at the field site, and what this dynamic might mean for producing a ‘knowable’ yet largely ‘invisible’ group of older masculine women in Asia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-583
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Gender Studies
Issue number5
Early online date25 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the General Research Fund under the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong [17636116].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Butch
  • Singapore
  • lesbian
  • masculinity
  • queer Asia


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