Desiring T, Desiring Self: "T-Style" Pop Singers and Lesbian Culture in China

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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

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-265
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Lesbian Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Gender Studies

User-Defined Keywords

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


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