Department of Humanities and Creative Writing
Desiring T, desiring self: “T-style” pop singers and lesbian culture in China
This article examines an emerging group of "T-style" female singers in the popular music scene in China. The expression "T," which is developed from the term "tomboy," refers to lesbians with masculine gender style. It is a widely used form of identification in local lesbian communities in China. The emergence of "T-style" female singers coincided with the rapid development of local lesbian communities in major cities in China. By exploring the intersections-or mutual modeling-of "T-style" singers and local lesbian gender culture, this article also analyzes the different receptions of "T-style" singers by local lesbian women, and explores whether "T-style" singers are seen as a "cultural resource" that aids the construction of lesbian gender and sexual identities. © 2014 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
China, female singers, lesbian, lesbian culture, lesbian gender, popular music
Source Publication Title
Journal of Lesbian Studies
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Kam, Lucetta Y. L.. "Desiring T, desiring self: “T-style” pop singers and lesbian culture in China." Journal of Lesbian Studies 18.3 (2014): 252-265.