CALL ME A ‘TOMBOY’ AND NOT A LESBIAN!
The Tomboys of Thailand are easy to recognize, they have an androgenous look, and according to visiting tourists, they seem to get “all the pretty girls.” Tomboys chose this word, rather than lesbian. Many feel they would have liked to have been born a male, so does that put them in the category of “transgender’ wannabees?
Tomboys are more open in the public eye, but this is also a dangerous move for many of them. According to research, fifteen Tomboys have been murdered. The motive is most cases seems to be a serious and deadly dislike of Tomboys ‘flaunting’ their sexuality. The word ‘flaunting’ was used by a senior police officer.
On the other hand, Tomboys have now broken out with their own clothing designs and stores. They were sick of going into male stores and having the salesmen sneer or pass rude or derogatory comments. Now, there is a reversal of trends; many males are visiting their stores. LOL.
Visible Silence, Thai Tomboys and the Ladies who Love Them is being produced by Marea Media.
Marea Media specializes in creating film portraits that illuminate larger social issues through compelling profiles of individuals and communities. We believe documentary film is a dynamic, accessible visual medium that fosters important discussions about complex issues.
Marea Media was co-founded in 2007 by filmmaker Ruth Gumnit and writer/producer/psychotherapist Marguerite Salmon.
Karun, Ph.D. ** (name changed to protect her identity), Producer, is a scholar and educator who has lived in both Thailand and the U.S. A self-identified Thai tom, Dr. Karun will serve as producer as well as a film subject, consultant, and liaison for Visible Silence.For the past five years, she has worked as General Manager of a Bangkok-based manufacturing company owned by her life partner. Her decision to enter the business world stems from both her desire to assist her girlfriend and in response to sexist and homophobic discriminatory practices in the field of Thai academia. This project represents a return to an area of vital interest for Dr. Karun, who extensively researched this community for her 2001 Ph.D. from the University of San Francisco.
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