Posts Tagged ‘gender bending’

Bridesmen are the new bridesmaids

December 17, 2007

Not exactly crossdressing, but gender role reversal nonetheless…

Patrick Dempsey plays a bridesman in the upcoming romantic comedy ‘Made of Honor.’
image via New York Daily News

“Here come the bridesmen,” New York Daily News

Always a bridesmaid? Not anymore. These days, more and more men are being asked by close female friends to represent them as bridesmaids, while more women are crossing the aisle to support their male pals.

When Katherine Heigl marries her long-term boyfriend, Josh Kelley, on Dec. 23, her best buddy and “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star, T.R. Knight, will be in her bridal party.

Maybe Heigl whispered something about her real-life plan in the ear of “Grey’s” Patrick Dempsey, because the trend hits the big screen in May in Dempsey’s romantic comedy “Made of Honor,” where McDreamy himself plays a male maid of honor who, naturally, ends up in love with the bride.

In reality, though, the gender bending of wedding parties has been growing over the past couple of years.

“It’s definitely a rising trend. We’ve seen more and more weddings come through that have these mixed gender parties and I think it has to do with couples marrying older,” says Kathleen Murray, deputy editor of The Knot magazine. “People are now more established in life and have a varied network of friends when they finally get married.”

In fact, 60% of Knot readers said they weren’t opposed to a having a member of the opposite sex in their wedding party. “Nowadays, people have co-workers of the opposite sex who have become their best friends and they’re not afraid to break the rules and not afraid to break the tradition to include the people who are most important to them in their wedding.”

Men in makeup

December 16, 2007

Just a personal observation – I think Brian Molko of the band Placebo is totally hot, especially in lipstick:

Brian Molko is freaking hot

And check out this article about makeup being marketed to men.

Holly Doss, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist with an eponymous cosmetics brand, also believes discretion is the key to introducing men to makeup.

“Most of the feedback I’ve gotten,” she says, “is that they want to buy makeup without ever having to leave their home. They don’t want to go and try anything out in ‘real life.'”

Doss, who has worked in the entertainment industry under the tutelage of celebrity makeup artist Trish McEvoy, primarily sells foundation and concealer from her unisex line to men who want to look polished, but not pretty. She says they like that they can use their fingers for a fuss-free application.

Cate Blanchett up for Golden Globe for playing Bob Dylan

December 13, 2007

Cate Blanchett is up for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes for playing Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes’ biopic I’m Not There.

Crossdressing: Erotic Stories reviewed on Blogcritics

December 6, 2007

Erotic Stories cover

Crossdressing: Erotic Stories just got its first mainstream (as in, nonerotica-specific) review, at Blogcritics, and they didn’t really like it much:

The book opens with “Temporary,” a tale of a M2F transsexual who seduces a straight male dishwasher. Every time it starts to get sexy, some hideous cliche ruins the mood. I think author Tulsa Brown is the only person outside a trashy Harlequin romance to still use “meat” as a euphemism for penis.

Most of the stories are told first person, which, quite frankly, grows tiresome. In a collection that is about gender bending, it is often hard to tell if the narrator is male, female, or someone in between. The stories all feel too awkwardly personal. It is like reading a collection of coming out of the closet stories.

Some of the good: “A Cute Idea” by collection editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is easily the best in the collection. It is a playful and sexy tale of a woman dressing her boyfriend in her sexiest see-through panties. “I Need a Man” is a short, very hot tale of a girl dressing up like a man for her girlfriend.

As for my take, obviously I liked the stories, ’cause I published them, but more specifically, I LOVE the fact that these stories are so personal. Speaking of which, I can’t wait to get the video up of me reading Ryan Field’s “Down the Basement” – so, so hot!

For now, if you haven’t read the book, here are excerpts from Andrea Dale’s “I Need a Man” followed by Ryan Field’s “Down the Basement” – Enjoy!

Kim had done a great job, I had to say, right down to using a men’s aftershave rather that her usual perfume. But when we went cheek-to-cheek on the dance floor, I caught the underlying scent that was so very her.

My nipples hardened under my ripped Mötley Crüe T-shirt. I hadn’t figured it out, but Kim had put it all together and dug out my ultimate fantasy. I didn’t want a boy, not really. I wanted to pretend I was with a pretty boy.

The fact that it was someone I loved made it even better.

Then she flexed her hips, and I felt her other surprise pressing against my mound.
“Well, hel-lo,” I said.

She laughed and nipped my earlobe. “Special present, just for you,” she whispered. She slid her hands around my hips and pulled me close, grinding the fake erection against me.

The room spun. Or maybe it was just me, spinning on the heady lust of being in the arms of my girlfriend, who’d dressed like a man to tap into my darkest dreams, a fake cock nudging against my crotch. The promise of sex later or, if we weren’t careful, some serious pleasure right here on the dance floor, in front of everyone.
You can’t wear panties under spandex. Not even a thong. So the fact was, I knew immediately just how wet I was getting, and given a little more time, when we pulled apart, the rest of the bar would know, too.

“Come home with me?” Kim growled in my ear, still in persona. She punctuated the words with a series of thrusts, and if the question had taken longer, I would’ve climaxed right there.

“I’ll follow you,” I said.

Because at that moment, I would’ve followed her anywhere…

From the super-hot “Down the Basement,” in which a gay man dressed in drag on Halloween finds himself in a basement with four frat boys:

The one who wanted me on his lap, the leader of the pack, stood and walked over to a bookcase where there was a large television and one of those small Bose radios. He turned on the radio and turned up the volume, and Mary K. Blige began to sing. “Let’s dance,” he said, grabbing my hand and pulling me off the sofa.

The other three, still passing the joint around, howled, “Go man, yeah, look at her move.”

I fell into his strapping body and placed my arms around his wide shoulders. He pulled me closer, and then put his rough hands under my dress and lifted it all the way up to my waist so the other guys could see him petting my bare ass. We began to dance very slowly; I arched my back and invited him to play with my ass cheeks while I rubbed the back of his thick neck. His breath smelled like pot and beer; I slowly licked the stubble below his ear, and he moaned. One of the guys on the sofa, a tall, lanky dude with huge hands, stood and staggered up behind me. He put his hands around my waist, shoved his crotch against my ass and began to slowly hump his erection banging against the crack of my ass. I reached down with my right hand and began to massage the one in front; an erection so hard and thick I felt it pulse through the fabric of his football pants. He leaned forward and stuck his tongue in my mouth while the one behind me reached down and began to gently squeeze my ass.

I knew I had to change course; the next drunken move would be to reach between my legs for a pussy that wasn’t there. So I untangled myself from the sandwich and said, “Okay, boys, everyone on the sofa.”

They were eager to please; the joint was finished, and they were all too wasted to remember anything by that point. The leader, who’d brought me down there in the first place, sat off to the side at the edge of the sofa and watched; the other three sat next to each other. I slowly went down on my knees and began to unlace the football pants of the one who had been behind me dancing. I pulled his pants down to his knees; a nine-inch erection popped out because he wasn’t wearing underwear…

Read the rest in Crossdressing: Erotic Stories!

The psychology of gender-bending in MMORPGs

November 29, 2007

Not strictly crossdressing, but of interest, I think, from MMORPG Blog

Perhaps this has happened to you or to someone you know: Two characters, one male and one female, are sitting together and enjoying each other’s company in their favorite MMORPG environment. After a bit of lively conversation, the male avatar decides to ask the all-important question:

Male Avatar: ASL?

Female Avatar: 25 M New York

Pregnant silence ensues.

Gender-bending. It happens all the time. Unless you play in a country like Korea, where game registration ID codes practically guarantee that the sex of the player’s character actually matches the player’s own sex, you’ve probably come across situations such as these. Reactions of players vary anywhere from curiosity to amusement to disgust.

Why do guys have female avatars, and why do gals have male avatars? Why is it even important to consider why?

Keep reading

Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan

November 19, 2007

Via Ain’t It Cool News, a clip from Todd Haynes’s forthcoming biopic of Bob Dylan, I’m Not There, with Cate Blanchett playing Dylan, which opens Wednesday:

Rolling Stone says:

Not content with just one actor to portray Dylan in the act of inventing and reinventing himself, Haynes hired six and hit the jackpot with Cate Blanchett. She burns through Haynes’ head-trip odyssey like an illuminating torch. Blanchett’s soon-to-be-legendary performance is not a stunt, it’s some kind of miracle. Playing the skinny, androgynous Dylan in his electric years — when his hair stood on end to match his fried nerves — Blanchett extends the possibilities of acting. You won’t see a better example of interpretive art this year by man or woman.

Candis Cayne’s Hollywood genderbending history

November 14, 2007

Photo from Flickr user hobbes313

Candis Cayne offers up a history of crossdressing and genderbending in TV and film over at Elle (yes, Elle!!), from I Love Lucy to Ugly Betty and much more. Here’s what Elle has to say:

Dirty Sexy Money has captured audiences this season with a heady mix of politics, riches, and between-the-sheets action. But its most notable draw has been the presence of Carmelita, a transgender character who one-ups Ugly Betty’s foray into blurry sex lines courtesy of Candis Cayne, nee Brendan McDaniel?a true life transgender who is breaking barriers in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. “When the role first came along, I thought ‘My life, my career, me me me,’ and then I realized, this is so much bigger than me,” Cayne said. “There have been a lot of other transgender people in the other arts, but never on a network show.” Cayne herself is at the forefront of a recent gender-bending trend, starting with last year’s Transamerica, continuing with Rebecca Romijn’s Alexis Meade character (one of the first transgenders on television, but still played by a woman) and leading up to a general pop culture attitude that is not just tolerant, but of open heart and mind. Here, Cayne shares with us some of the most enlightened moments in drag queens, androgyny, and the thin line between boy and girl. .

See also:
Candis Cayne on Wikipedia