Hunting down love: female masculinity in Bugis South Sulawesi

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Before sitting down to begin work on this chapter, I randomly selected some music to provide inspiration. The CD I chose was Bjork’s Homogenic, the first song of which is entitled “Hunter.” I had listened to this album many times before, but it was only this time that I actually listened to the lyrics and realized how familiar they sounded. Just the previous year I had been sitting in a house in Makassar, the capital of the province of South Sulawesi in Indonesia, talking to an informant- cum-friend about issues of identity and sexuality. Dilah was telling me how s/he does not like the term lesbi because it does not fit hir idea of who s/he is. S/he does not want hir identity to be limited to sexual desire, which she sees the term lesbi as implying. Moreover, Dilah wants to present hirself as someone who actively pursues relationships and is in control of hir movements. In applying a label to hirself, Dilah stated that s/he likes the term hunter because s/he hunts down love and pounces on it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen's Sexualities and Masculinities in A Globalising Asia
EditorsSaskia E. Wieringa, Evelyn Blackwood, Abha Bhaiya
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780230604124
ISBN (Print)9780230617483
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • sexuality
  • masculinity
  • asia
  • gender

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