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This chapter investigates the men who became the female impersonators in camp entertainment on the Thailand-Burma railway. The ambiguities of gender inherent in their representations are examined, raising question about the impersonators’ sexual orientation. The corresponding complexity of the spectators’ “desiring and approving gaze” is also explored. The article concludes with an in-depth profile of Bobby Spong, the most famous and beloved impersonator on the railway.
Eldredge, Sears, "Chapter 14. “Somebody Had to Put a Skirt On”: Female Impersonators" (2014). Book Chapters. 6.
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