Posts Tagged ‘gender roles’

“Norman (Genderqueer) Rockwell” by Meg Daly

January 1, 2008

A 2004 article (but still very interesting) about a crossdresser (and Silverton, Oregon city official!) by Meg Daly:

Rasmussen says he has been a cross-dresser all his life, though he has only been out for the past 10 years. For many years he was ashamed; he thought he was the only man in the world with a proclivity for women’s clothing and therefore must be “sick and bad.” Then an Internet search revealed a much wider world to him and, he says, “the floodgates opened.”

He found his way to Northwest Gender Alliance, which he credits with helping him get to a place of being comfortable with himself. In the mid-1990s he started getting his nails done and was soon going out in public dressed entirely in women’s attire. Though he was terrified at first, he soon realized “90 percent of the problems [he faced] were right between my own ears.”…

Comfortable with the terms genderqueer and transgender, he says he has nonetheless never considered having a sex change.

“I can be perfectly happy in a man’s body,” he says.

He did, however, save up his money and get breast implants four years ago.

“Cleavage is a cross-dresser’s nirvana,” he says. He had worn prosthetic breasts for a few years to “try out being a guy with breasts.” Now that he has the real thing, he says he has regretted it “for all of about 15 seconds” when he first opened his eyes after the surgery.

One of his favorite adornments for his bust is a T-shirt he had made that answers any silent passersby who may be wondering, “Why does Stu do that?” It reads simply: “Because girls have more fun. ”

Gender Offenders do Christmas in Iraq

December 8, 2007

Via New York Press comes word about Gender Offenders, who have a one-night only show., Christmas in Iraq, tomorrow, December 8th – the 8 pm show is sold out but you can get tix for the 10 pm showing.

Gender Offenders was formed in 2006 by a group of radical, queer artists seeking to break traditional ideas of gender and sexuality as well as address ideological constraints imposed onto individuals by mainstream society, government and religious dogma. Gender Offenders is dedicated to pushing the envelope and advancing live performance by creating politically and socially relevant work. Infusing burlesque, music, mixed-media and traditional theatrical conventions, GO desires to create visually stimulating works that ask questions and provide new ideas for all types of audiences.

PLEASE mess with Texas!

November 29, 2007

Oh my goodness this piece in The Daily Texan, by Ryan Haecker is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read! (via Figleaf)

Dresses epitomize womanhood in the Western world. Such has been the case since the western man adopted pants to replace the tunic in the sixth century (an aspect of the West’s Germanic barbarian heritage). Dresses allow us to differentiate between the silhouettes of men and women on restroom signs. Dresses are the indelible image of womanhood because of the symbolic nature of pants and dresses. If all fashions are symbolic, dresses in particular symbolize womanhood by more fully embodying the ideal of a true lady, the objective understanding of what men find attractive in the fairer sex: passivity, domesticity, childrearing, coital love, piety and fertility. These defining aspects of womanhood are immutable. We all tacitly reaffirm these attributes in our attempts to find a partner. Flirtation and courtship are reaffirmations of what it means to be masculine and feminine because it is only by fulfilling the obligation of our form that we can attract the opposite sex.

You might say these things were once true but times have changed. Not so. The nature of sexual attractiveness in women is objective, immutable and incontrovertible because it is directly related to the constant and unchanging physiology of men and women. What men find attractive in women is fixed because the physiology of humanity has been relatively unchanged. In this way, the ideal form of femininity is also unchangeable and without regard for cultural context or time period. What men find attractive in women – the form of a true lady – is objectively identifiable, just as it was in the time of Nebuchadnezzar. In short, femininity is sexy, and sexy is timeless and universal.

It seriously gets even worse:

The androgynous masculinization of the modern woman, through the donning of pants, suits, uncovered shoulders and unveiled hair, has in a sense led to the slow whorification of ladyhood.

I would try to rebut it but I think any thinking person can see why his blanket dismissal of pants, feminism, and, well, the entire 21st century, perhaps, is so misguided. Wonder what he thinks about men in dresses and whether they count as that “essential part of a true lady’s attire?” The ironic thing is that I almost exclusively wear skirts and dresses; probably less than five times a year do I wear pants. But not because I want to be “ladylike.” Because I’m femme and that’s how I feel the hottest!


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