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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Humanities and Creative Writing

Title

Desiring T, desiring self: “T-style” pop singers and lesbian culture in China

Language

English

Abstract

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.

Keywords

China, female singers, lesbian, lesbian culture, lesbian gender, popular music

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Journal of Lesbian Studies

Volume

18

Issue

3

Start Page

252

End Page

265

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISSN (print)

10894160

ISSN (electronic)

15403548

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