Archive for the ‘2010’ Category
Wounded Attachments by Wendy Brown is essential for understanding how Horizontalist Groupuscules turn toxic and paranoidPosted: February 27, 2012 in 2010
Through Occupy I have come to believe that Martin Luther King & Gandhi pioneered the social tactics which change societies. I have critiqued the Rage Feminism of Daly, Dworkin and Jeffries as well as Transsexual Rage and Transfeminist Rage of Julia Serano’s The Whipping Girl. Now I see that these rage movements have a lineage stretching back to Malcolm X and Black Rage. This is important, because the Black Rage movement was a dialectical reaction to Martin Luther King and the ‘Love Thy Neighbor’, and Radical Hope tactics that the Black Freedom struggle used to great effects. The Spiritual, Radical, Non Violent Direct Action is therefore a blueprint for the destimatization of Male Femininity, Autogynephilia, and other male genders. It is also a way to form alliances with Radically, Nonviolent feminist, and racial justice activists. The video is about 10 minutes long and I highly recommend that you watch it for a very fresh view of MLK and even the nature of Social Activism in America
in this video I talk about MLK’s ‘rebirth’ as a Zen Buddhist Awakening, Radical Love and Understanding as Freedom Tactic.
I am ‘Tickled Pink’ about the vid. I have been struggling to Find a Authentic Video Blog Voice for the #occupy movement. Threw last 6 away
#Occupy Martin Luther King’s tactics of Radical Love: Occupy The Dream MLK day Jan 16th #ows http://twitter.com/jaspergregory
Quiet Riot Girl has convinced me, I too am an Ardent Simpsonista. I think that anyone interested in Male Femininity in the 2000′s should familiarize themselves with his excellant writing about male gender and sexuality.
via Insider Interview: author, journalist and ‘motherfather’ of the metrosexual Mark Simpson
GG: Make up for men has pretty much been a flop in commercial terms with many companies who launched products having since discontinued them. Why do you think this is when things like manscaping and even eyebrow shaping have taken off?
MS: Oh, I suspect male make-up will make a comeback in the near future. I hear it’s already been a success in the Asian market. After all, make-up is just another, more ‘in-yer-face’ form of cosmetics – and even good old Gillette shaving gel is choc full of cosmetics these days.
The problem though for men’s make-up and the reason why most men in the West are still holding out against it is that it isn’t something you can deny. Most other male cosmetics come with the alibi that no, you haven’t fake-baked you’ve just been working in the garden a lot….
The problem for men is that while they are increasingly expected to and indeed want to look good, unlike women they often feel they have to go about it semi-secretly. They need to be beautiful but they should also feel slightly ashamed about it. There’s a double standard about male beauty now. Men are expected to look fabulous, but pretend that they haven’t tried ‘too hard’. Make-up is currently defined as ‘trying too hard’.
On the other hand, Russell Brand gets away with it all the time.
GG: Many commentators complain that men are ‘becoming more like women’ with their grooming/beauty regimes. What would you say to this?
MS: I think it’s more a case of men no longer tying one hand behind their backs when it comes to the increasingly important business – both in private and public life – of looking good. Happily married Lord Sugar, for example, sometimes seems to display a weakness for an attractive, nicely turned-out male candidate. And of course, more and more bosses are female.
Instead of men becoming ‘more like women’ what we’re seeing is men being less inhibited in their behaviour by worries about what’s ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’, ‘gay’ and ‘straight’. In much the same way that women have been since the feminist revolution of the 1970s. Likewise, ‘male beauty’ is no longer a completely verboten conjugation that has to always be euphemised with ‘male grooming’.
Basically it’s the end of the Victorian division of bedroom and bathroom labour that persisted for most of the 20th Century. Men want to be beautiful and sensual too now. And no one, even bitchy commentators, is going to stop them.
The seventies in San Francisco brought a huge rebellion against gender dualism. The original outbreak of the genderqueer hippie freaks also rejected sexuality dualisms.
(Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence by Jasper Gregory)
I am fascinated how the Glitter Queens of Haight Street evolved from the bisexual, bigendered groups like the Cockettes and the Angels of light into are related to later groups like the gender exclusive Radical Faeries and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
The 2002 Documentary on the Cockettes is an excellent resource for understanding the genderqueer
What was their influence on glam and disco? Also, how were these groups related to the Berkeley Effeminists.
These groups give post-gender social historians a concrete example of Male Genderqueerdom.
I am including a 3 page pdf excerpt of a genderqueer analysis of the Native Funk & Soul fashion which these genderqueer hippies helped to define.
Joe Ried of New York Magazine notices that the New Spiderman Costume Lifts and Separates the Actor’s ass cheeks. Good catch!
The term ‘lift and separate’ usually refers to cleavage shaping bras, but skintight women’s pants and legging act in the same way. The sexy female ass as portrayed in mass media is an effect of costume technology.
Men and ‘good girls’ are supposed to have desexualized ‘uni-butts’. Sexy high-waisted jeans are engineered as butt-bras. A lot of women use a leotard or g-string to achieve this effect.
When I used this effect in my outfits, I got the constant remark of ‘OMG! You have a girls butt!’ I think that boy butts are girl-butts without girl fashion.
Now that Spiderman has broken the fashion barrier for male butt-bras, can the rest of the world be far behind?
What do you think of the term Gender Play to describe both male and female Femme Identity Exploration (also known as Autogynephilia)? Gender role-play is a pretty common meme, but that still has a ‘serious’ connotation to my ears. Let’s just talk about play. That is what we do when we dress up and that is what the Japanese CosPlay is doing. We dress up and adopt a new social imaginary. Then we go out into the world and manifest new selves.
This term really brings a lot of things together for me, and helps me understand what I have been documenting with all of my street fashion photography in San Francisco. I have been recording gender play in the different counter-cultures of San Francisco.
The term play refers back to the 1938 Homo Ludens from Johan Huizinga. Femme is gender play whether a man or a woman does it. The Curvy Girls and Femme Boys I photograph are breaking hidden taboos about who is or is not allowed to play. Burning Man is a giant Gender Playground and a laboratory for an infinite multiplicity of gender.
The Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence, the Radical Faeries and the burningman.org can all be viewed as creating joyful spaces for gender play.
Another useful aspect of a play metaphor is that Play stops being play when there are too many rules. Both Lesbian Butch/Femme and BDSM roles become rigid prescriptions and take the joy out of the play. I grew up as a Feminist Boy and boycotted the traditional Boy Gender Play of Soldier, Cop and Warrior. But refusing Warrior Gender Play did not mean that I had access to Femme Gender Play, so in a sense I lost access to Social Play. I did not learn Gender Play until I started Femme and Androgynous Gender Play when I was 38 years old. Five years later I can honestly say that my Femme Gender Play has been immensely broadening. America’s obsession with identity has created a lot of strife, but it has also opened up new opportunities for social change represented by gender play.
Note: I use Gender to refer to a vast multiplicity of self-expression rather than a male/female dichotomy
Republishing Gender Play Archive
I have 2-3 thousand great gender play street photos that I am publishing as an iPad photo-zine. In May 2011 I published a print/ebook magazine called Curvy Girl Superheros. I have learned from that experience and am now focussing on the international market that the Apple AppStore provides. Expect the first installment of my Femme Gender Play PhotoZine in October 2011. It will be Free, with iAd advertising, and will be published in both English and the most interesting non-English marketplaces (Brazil, Japan, Korea, Germany, France, China, Russia and the Spanish-speaking marketplaces).
One of my many identities is ex-lesbian. That’s just funny!
When I first sinned against the gender binary, I read Julia Serano’s The Whipping Girl and took on the Transsexual Lesbian identity for about 3 months. I was more of a genderqueer lesbian cause I did not believe that ‘Hormones are Destiny.’ more…
I started this conversation up 1 year ago. It still deserves airing. I woke up this morning to a long rant from the radical lesbian @ThruthSpeaker1010. It pissed me off so I tweeted
@TruthSpeaker1010 you are obviously too stupid for my vlog. Take your lesbian victim narrative back to the radical feminist ghetto.
For you further entertainment, I have included the stimulating commentary from the YouTube-o-sphere.
Nice article on Salon
“For the great bulk of my adult life, beginning roughly when I was sixteen, and continuing, off and on, until now, at the age of forty, I have fallen short, sometimes dangerously short, of the conventional ideal of masculinity. From my taste in clothing (skirts and high heels and women’s underwear), to my taste in cosmetics (pink lip gloss and eyeliner), to my taste in sex (I can’t get aroused unless I’m submissive, and it helps if the woman looks like a boy), to my distaste for body fat and body hair and competition of any kind, to the two hours it still takes me to get ready to go out at night, I have behaved, in many respects — and I have gotten no end of shit for it — like a vain, prissy, neurotic, body-obsessed “woman.” Or, in the words of a powerful Italian mobster named Jackie the Toad, with whom I worked very closely for a year after college, I have behaved, revoltingly, like “half-a-fag.”“
Male Femininity Has no stigma on Fetlife. It is a genuinely supportive alternative to the mindless conformity of Facebook.
has had a makeover., and its own twitter: @jasperswardrobe, a haven for #genderqueer #faerie #autogynephilia
You may have noticed changes in Jasper’s media empire.
began as an auto ethnography of my gender on Flickr and WordPress. After some wandering jasperswardrobe.com points back to the original WordPress Site, and its subject is now clearly Male Femme. The site is about the love of Autogynephiles, Male lesbians, genderqueers and faeries.
is the posterous site where I have been blogging. It remains my main personal site for art, technology and history.
is my new magazine dedicated to a Woman Loving Social Imaginary