Samoan "third-gender". Very interesting

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    May 06, 2011 9:33 PM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EronVtKYr0c

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fa'afafine

    I ran across this and found it very interesting. What do you guys think?
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    May 06, 2011 10:25 PM GMT
    thanks! me and the internet don't get along
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    May 09, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    I hate how this video doesn't seem to get the difference between being transgendered and being gay. In the beginning the narrator seemed shocked that a man who identified as a woman and has sex with men isn't considered gay in Samoa and how this is a somehow "radical concept". It's not. In the US those people wouldn't be considered gay either. They'd be considered transgendered (and rightfully so). Being gay means you 1) identify with your biological sex and 2)Are attracted to/pursue members of the same sex.

    Other than the fact that Samoan society seemingly accepts and even encourages boys to become transgendered (which I admit is very interesting), I really see nothing extraordinarily different or unique about this at all.