Bookplate by Michel Fingesten, from A Journey Round My Skull
Katoeys seem to be a widely accepted part of Thai society. This is probably partly to do with the Buddhist religion and its preaching of tolerance towards others. However, other countries with a strong Buddhist influence (Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Laos, Japan) are not known for their ladyboys. There must be something else at work. I think one strong factor is the Thai belief that life should be fun (sanook). When they see a katoey, they think it is fun. They will laugh and joke about it but not in a nasty way. They certainly will not hurl abuse or threats as might happen in western countries.
Will Dance for Food, by PhDork at The Pursuit of Harpyness
I don’t know what I’ll do if I can’t find more work teaching or tutoring. To get through various lean times, I’ve taken just about every poorly-paid, disrespected job there is outside of the sex industry (although waitressing was close at times): fast food, retail (times a zillion), food service (restaurants and catering!), dishwasher, industrial painter, baby-sitter, office cleaner, adjunct professor…shall I go on? It’s been a fucking glamorous life.