The Social Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Page No. 20 - 28

Culture of "Elephant Front Legs-Hind Legs": A Debate on the Actuality of Sexual Politics in Thai Society

Authors : Kittisak Jermsittiparsert

Abstract: The reality of the meaning of the phrase “Elephant Front Legs-Hind Legs” in modern days is based on the logic that an elephant always walk with its forelegs first which has led to an interpretation that the “Front legs” or men are the leaders and “Hind legs” or women are the followers. This research has thus had an intention to present a number of certain observations derived from empirical evidence so as to challenge the set of facts abovementioned and present another actuality disclosing that elephants do not walk with forelegs first but with the Hind legs. Hence, the cultural code in perspective of sexual politics like “Elephant Front Legs” does not always translate into leadership, nor does “Hind legs” into followership but a usage of language that reflects the power structure of Thai society in a compromising manner between the Front legs in the front that step behind and the Hind legs at the back that step ahead.

How to cite this article:

Kittisak Jermsittiparsert , 2016. Culture of "Elephant Front Legs-Hind Legs": A Debate on the Actuality of Sexual Politics in Thai Society. The Social Sciences, 11: 20-28.

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