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But the joke’s on them, because half of this is going to be about Buddhism, and the other half about the foreign-economy-warping might of American military power.Still: sex, religion, and guns—what’s more compelling to the American demographic than that? comes from “arts, entertainment, and recreation”—which I suppose might cover some of the same things.) Kathoey—Thai slang for transgender women; the English term “ladyboy” is widely considered pretty offensive—are often the most visible part of the industry, even if the estimated rate of transgender people in the population is the same as in most other countries, roughly 0.3 percent. The religion was adopted in Thailand by way of India about 800 years ago, and 95 percent of Thais now identify as Buddhist.WHY are there so many "ladyboys" in Thailand, and why are they such a huge part of the sex industry? —Luke, an Ohioan in Bangkok “PICK sexier topics,” Straight Dope staffers are always complaining.“Stop writing about the environment and give us something hashtaggable.” Well, here you go: a column on possibly the most notorious sex industry in the world. Content Header .feed_item_answer_user .anon_user.logged_out . Our membership is FREE and allows you to enter your details and photographs on to our site and send messages to your favourite contacts in Brazil and all around the world!
But compared to Christianity’s effects in the West, Buddhism has helped create a society that’s probably more accepting of divergence from traditional orientation and gender norms; Jackson describes Thai gay and trans subcultures that are notably vibrant, if idiosyncratic. had bases there, and Korea during the Korean War and since.
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To start with the possibly obvious, the Thai sex trade is booming: it’s estimated there are some 200,000 prostitutes in the country, and the industry produces .5 billion to billion each year, or around 1 percent of GDP. Even outside the sex industry, transgender women in Thailand may be more socially integrated than their peers elsewhere in the world—in one study of 200 trans women there, the subjects were found on average to be better educated and more affluent than the country as a whole. Traditional Buddhists were never exactly sold on the whole sex idea in general. Amid this overall disdain for getting off, heterosexual sex and homosexual sex were viewed as (at least for monks) equally sinful.
And contrary to the suspicions of some, every participant in the study identified as female or transgender; none were men dressing up as women solely in order to attract tourist cash. Reaching nirvana means achieving the absence of all desire, and sticking anything into pretty much any bodily orifice amounts to spiritual defeat for a monk, “even if only the width of a sesame seed” (not an optimistic bunch, these guys). Transsexualism is also surprisingly well-defined in Buddhist scripture, and is described in great detail in several stories.