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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

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Mark Simpson talks about Male Beauty

Posted: September 24, 2011 in 2010

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.

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(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. 

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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?