In the Arab World, Butch "Boyat" Girls Are Seen As Having a Medical Condition
BOYAT MEANS= BUTCH OR TOMBOYS IN ARABIC
Should the Boyat phenomenon, where young women dress and behave
like men, be regarded as a problem in Arab society?... "People
misunderstand this thing. It's not about homosexuality and we shouldn't
confuse biological problems with those people who, because of cultural
aspects, are Boyat," said Dr Fadwa Al Mughairbi, a professor of
psychology at UAE University who has researched the topic.
explained that there are several genetic or hormonal disorders
(Testicular feminisation syndrome, hermaphroditism, Klinefelter
syndrome, 5-Alpha-reductase deficiency) that would lead to uncertainty
about a person's gender.
It could be possible, Dr Fadwa said,
that those girls who were exposed to a lot of testosterone in the first
three months of their mother's pregnancy could show more male
characteristics... "People think a Boyat is disobedient and rebelling
against God's creation. Some see Boyat as suffering from a disorder," he
He explained that some people regard Boyats as going
against their "fitrah" (an Islamic term meaning nature or disposition)
or not living according to their fitrah as women who have a role to
fulfil as wife and mother. "By transforming their bodies they are
changing their place in the social order," said Dr Nigst... http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/shedding-ligh...