At Mojo, a busy, upscale bar in Yangon, foreign NGO workers, teachers and entrepreneurs sip on Myanmar beer and dance to the latest techno beats among a trendy crowd of young, privileged Burmese. But in deeply conservative Myanmar — a state ruled by a brutal military junta until , and which hosted its first open general election in 25 years on Sunday — such scenes are an increasingly common phenomenon. Some women are challenging strict gender roles, experts say, while more teenage sweethearts are having sex, a small LGBT scene is emerging and society is becoming more permissive. Sure, it might not be San Francisco in the s, but in its own subtle way, Myanmar is undergoing a sexual revolution. Since adopting a nominally civilian government in , Myanmar has generated more jobs and wealth.
When Nandar was just seven years old she was sexually harassed. A family friend whom she was told by her mother to call "Grandpa" would very often grab her between her legs and kiss her. After climbing the stairs in her home to change out of her school uniform a man who was working on their farm in Shan State sat in his nearby room. Just as she was about to undress she saw him watching her and playing with his genitals. Worse than that, he kept playing with it harder with eyes widening. With a disappointed tone she told her daughter, "you must be careful around him, or any man. Already she has translated Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi 's speech 'We Should All be Feminists' into Burmese, spoken on countless panels and talk shows about women's rights and is now also hoping to speak more in schools.
Archives of Sexual Behavior. Cross-gender behavior in Myanmar formerly Burma is reported. Western concepts of transsexualism, gynemimesis, transvestism, and homosexuality are not distinct categories by the Burmese. Males with cross-gender behavior are referred to as acaults.
She asked to be called Wutt Yee and she smiled at the name she had chosen for herself. The eldest of four children, she decided it was her responsibility to drop out of school so she could help her family pay the bills. She was just 14 years old. Adults who exploit Wutt Yee for sex violate her rights as a child and put her at grave risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.