ECONOMIES WITH THE SEXUALITY: SEX/GENDER IDENTITY FOR BENEFIT AMONG THE ROMA “WOMEN”, SEXUAL WORKERS IN SKOPJE

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Ines Crvenkovska-Risteska

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Abstract: This paper deals with the local sexual/gender system and the sexual/gender identity for the benefit of Roma “women” in the Roma community in Skopje. This is a local concept according to which Roma people, biologically born as men, want to make earning for their families by doing sexual work as “women” at the “open” and “closed” stages in Skopje, Macedonia and Europe. The idea that the sexuality can be sold as service and used as income generator is one of the important reasons to maintain their sexual/gender identity also as “women” in the local economic system of the Roma gay people – “sexual workers”, through the peer system of “sisters” in the Roma community in Skopje.

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