Berdache Essay

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Additionally in pursuing his overall message empowering gender queer individuals to choose their own separate gender and sexual labels (Valentine 136), Valentine’s paints a marginally critical description of detractors of that notion and their attempts to assert hegemony over a transgendered identity and movement (Valentine 132).



From the perspective of evidence usage and context both authors adroitly select their material to leverage their assessments despite some points of contention. For example in Guiterrez’s postulation that Berdache are men forced to adopt the gender role assigned to women due to nature and war, the evidence put forward is limited to accounts by outside observers such as white colonists(Gutierrez 23). While the usage of evidence from biased outsiders is understandable considering the lack of information from the tribes themselves who were at times scattered, Christianized and lacked a written tradition. The fact that no indirect account from a Berdache was conveyed or recorded shelters Gutierrez’s argument, especially when such a lack of voice is implicit in the case put forwards on their enslavement. Additional points of argument are further enhanced through the usage of strategically ordered arguments. That is unlike Valentine, mentions of a third sex or gender are limited
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