Posts Tagged ‘Rudy Giuliani’

Figleaf on crossdressing

November 30, 2007

One of my favorite bloggers, Figleaf, of Real Adult Sex, posts on the problem with crossdressing: (it’s an older post but worth reading)

I don’t have a problem with cross-dressing per se. Whatever blows up your skirt, as my mother-in-law sometimes says. The couple of times I’ve tried it were interesting enough. It’s just that… well, it’s just that… women’s-cut clothes rarely look very good on men.

Case in point, check out this photo of former New York Mayor (and current Republican Presidential candidate) Rudolph Giuliani.

They took a bunch of women’s clothes that would fit him at the broadest point — his shoulders — and then padded the rest of him to fill in all the spaces women go but men don’t. Then they stuck a wig on him, which is fine I suppose, but then they threw on a bunch of make-up using patterns that might accentuate the geometry of the average woman’s face but kind of conflicts with Giulianis geometry.

Net effect? He’s not dressed *like* a woman, he’s dressing *as if* he really was a woman. It’s an unsuccessful deception.

Rudy Giuliani in drag

November 15, 2007

“Rudy Giuliani in a dress: Will voters care?” MSNBC

A poll shortly afterward found his approval rating at an all-time high of 67 percent, and a majority of city voters said they enjoyed the gag. He won re-election later that year.

Perhaps New Yorkers, who are overwhelmingly Democrats by a margin of five to one, appreciated one particular line during the 1997 show, which was a spoof of the musical comedy “Victor/Victoria,” in which a woman pretends to be a man pretending to be a woman.

“I already play a Republican playing a Democrat playing a Republican,” Giuliani quipped.

For conservatives who already are leery of backing Giuliani because of his support for abortion rights and other positions on social issues, the feminine clothing may also remind them of his support of gays while mayor — despite the fact that the majority of cross-dressers are not gay.

“The Long Tail of Candidate Searches,” Time

Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani, the Republican front-runner according to the latest polls, was the subject of the fewest searches. This probably has no bearing on his popularity; it’s most likely due to the fact that people can’t spell “Giuliani.” The most common Giuliani searches focus on his stance on taxes and the war. Beyond that, however, there’s an odd obsession with finding images of “Rudy Giuliani in Drag,” perhaps fueled by some circulating photos from a 2000 political roast. It’s just weird.