Laemmli argues that the new shoes forced dancers’ bodies to move in new ways. Dancers on this pointe regimen developed characteristically long, lean leg muscles. Balanchine also encouraged dancers to let the shoes remake their bodies, including developing bunions that gave the foot just the right line. And as their bodies were remade, dancers became “like IBM machines,” modern and indistinguishable. This had consequences for labor, too. For one, stars became a less central feature of dance companies as dancers became more interchangeable, and second, dancers came to spend hours working on their shoes — altering, gluing, and caring for them. In fact, in 1980 dancers threatened to strike — not over hours or pay, but for better pointe shoes, and better management of them.

via Ballet Shoes and Ballerinas as Technology: A History En Pointe – Suzanne Fischer – Technology – The Atlantic.

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Yesterday was the annual Kinkster Festival called Folsom Street Fair. The street style is a very playful way of creating a Public Sphere with experimental genders and open expresion in the Kink tradition. This year I documented a lot of Male Beauty in the form of gayboys, radical metrosexuals and crossdressers.
I found an abundance of curvy female beauty. I also noticed that the chubby boys are being male objects of beauty as well. The Bears have not all become Muscle Boys.

San Francisco Street Culture.

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.


. It is Free and advertising supported. This magazine is more international than the last. I have left out the words and just present 50 Ethnographic Street Style photos.
I am launching the Magazine in all of Apples supported language. So it is in every Itunes App Store everywhere on the planet, listed as a local language Magazine. The translations are rough, so let me know if there are big problems:
English, Russian, German, Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, Portugese (Brazil) Spanish. One of the big benefits to these App Store translations is the translated keywords. My first magazine was available in all of the stores in English, but if the user was searching with terms in other languages, they would not find it.

50 Street Style Photos
This Issue includes the 21 photos from Curvy Girl Superheros, but it also includes the other Queer, and Transgender street culture that was on display at the 2010 Superhero Street Fair. A beautiful Sister of Perpetual Indulgence is now the first of two screenshots. This visually marks San Francisco Street Culture as extra-ordinary and very genderqueer.

Advertisements SF Street Culture is free to download. It displays ads from Apple’s iAds network. So far my experience is good, but Apple is not able to supply ads everywhere, so I will be supporting multiple ad providers in the future.

Finally, a discussion about Male Bisexuality

Posted: September 22, 2011 in 2011

I am very impressed by this discussion about Male Bisexuality. Quiet Riot Girl (QRG) is doing some very important work by creating space to understand Male Sexuality through a post feminist lens. I can’t recommend her work highly enough. The UK is having a complex and Nuanced post-feminist discussion about gender. Think of QRG as an introduction to this discussion.
It seems like a lot of her work at the moment is a curation and reworking Mark Simpson’s very important groundlevel descriptions of male gender and sexuality mutation in the UK.

Straight boys kiss each other in England

Posted: September 21, 2011 in 2011

I keep reading and hearing that young English straight boys are kissing each other and putting pictures up on Facebook. To my American ears this sound incredible even in sexually progressive San Francisco.

According to a study by Eric Anderson of Bath University in England, there are a growing number of college-aged straight men kissing each other. In the study of male university students, 89 percent had kissed each other on the lips, and 37 percent reported engaging in “sustained kissing.”

Anderson says that this trend stemmed from professional sports, and the recent popularity of soccer players sharing passionate kisses after goals. “That made kissing between men acceptable for college and high-school players. Then the players took the same behaviors to nights out in pubs, spreading the trend to non-athletes” Anderson reports to Live Science.

We see this come to life in the “gay chicken” videos on YouTube. Gay chicken is a game in which two straight, alpha-male types make-out, and the first one to pull away is a “pussy.” In the linked YouTube video, two athletic-looking young men make out, while a crowd of people holding plastic cups, cheer them on, their phones held out. The boys only wear underwear, pressing against one and other as they kiss, not coming up for air for the full three minutes.

hat tip to QuietRiotGirl