Posted: 18 August 2013 at 6:10pm | IP Logged
In the Mughal empire, eunuchs were employed to take care of harems and some of them became aides of queens. Being castrated males, they could not exploit women of the harems sexually, but were able to carry out domestic works. They often achieved high status.
from wikepedia : "
Eunuchs in Imperial palaces were organized in a hierarchy, often with a senior or chief eunuch (Urdu: Khwaja Saras
) directing junior eunuchs below him. Eunuchs were highly valued for their strength, ability to provide protection for ladies' palaces and trustworthiness, allowing eunuchs to live amongst women with fewer worries. This enabled eunuchs to serve as messengers, watchmen, attendants and guards for palaces. Often, eunuchs also doubled as part of the King's court of advisers.["
There is also the hijras and their culture which can refer to male to female transgender, or effeminate homosexuals. Some undergo castration but most do not. They often refer to themselves as a third sex. ( Fyi the kama sutra refers to a third sex). They face heavy discrimination and relegated to the margins of society. They have become part of Hindu rituals and this is a way to earn livlihood. To earn their living they show up uninvited at weddings, births, shop openings, and major family events. They sing and dance until they are paid to go away. The ceremony is supposed to bring good luck and fertility and the curse of the hijra is feared. They also have to resort to begging and prostitution
This doesn't mean that there weren't Transgender or crossdresssing males but I doubt if they were part of harems because most eunchs underwent forced castration.
There are a couple of movies 2001 documentary Bombay Eunuch
examines the changing role of India's hijras
, some of whom are also eunuchs. The 2011 film Nilkantho
treats the plight of the Indian hijras with sensitivity.
Those who identify as mtf( male to female) or female to male ftm should be understood and treated as equal members of society. This is about one's gender identity not their sexuality. This is just a brief explanation, please do read more.
The current definition of transgender which is in flux
"Of, relating to, or designating a person whose identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender
roles, but combines or moves between these."
"People who were assigned a sex, usually at birth and based on their genitals, but who feel that this is a false or incomplete description of themselves."
"Non-identification with, or non-presentation as, the sex (and assumed gender) one was assigned at birth."[
(from wikepedia on transgender)
Regarding sexuality one can identify as hetrosexual, homosexual( gay/lesbian), bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, asexual or not identify with any of these labels.
We should have tolerance, understanding, empathy for those who face discrimination, prejudice for their gender or sexuality and most of all acceptance. We are human beings who have a wide spectrum of how we identify in gender or sexuality. We are each unique and cannot fit into boxes. The divine who made us all had a purpose in making us unique in many different ways which includes gender and sexuality.
This post not meant to offend anyone but seeks to further understanding.
Edited by sfdiva23 - 18 August 2013 at 6:12pm