Archive for September 2013


Recommendation: FINE


Medusa Hirself recommends…

A comic with four frames.  Top left: a person in a T-shirt with rectangular glasses and short, slightly wavy hair says "I want to be dashing and handsome, compassionate, strong, passionate, logical, sensitive, bold, free, and loving... Does that make *male* or *female*? Who gets to decide that?"  Top right: a person with freckles, whose left half has short hair, wears a masculine vest and a tie, and whose right half has long hair, and wears a hairband, a necklace and a feminine camisole/vest. They say "When I am wearing feminine clothing, I feel that my body is more feminine, and I feel that my body is masculine when I am wearing masculine clothing. My view of the gender of my body changes depending on my perspective at the time."  Bottom left: a person with short spiky hair and sideburns says "I really care less about what *society* thinks and more about what my *family* thinks. I really care about them a lot. (In smaller font:) I mean... I've struggled all my life trying to get acceptance from my folks."  Bottom right: a person in a dinosaur costume, saying "Some words I sometimes use are monster, person, David Bowie, androgyne, intergender, and genderqueer. (In smaller font:) I spend a lot of time looking for people like me, for my kind, and to that end labels like genderqueer are useful and comforting." They are surrounded by boxes containing the labels mentioned and more.

FINE – A Comic About Gender
A graphic novel based on interviews with real people

What is gender? How do we relate to it? How do we talk about it? Does it mean the same thing for everyone? FINE examines these questions by interviewing Midwesterners from across the gender spectrum. Check out the online preview of this fascinating comic project. They are actively looking for more interviewees, particularly queer and trans* people of color from the Midwest USA.

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Posted by on September 30th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Profile: Risa


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You can call me… Risa.

I identify as… female to those who need a category, which is convenient sometimes – I need clothes that fit and doctors and gym instructors to know how my body works or is shaped – but I hate to be confined to the boundaries often associated with gender and sex.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … I wish they weren’t gendered. I’ve gotten used to living with “she,” but it would be awesome to be acknowledged as “he” once in a while. I like the concept of using those neutral pronouns, but honestly they just sound weird to me.

I’m attracted to… men who look good dressed up like a girl; women like Amelie Mauresmo.

When people talk about me, I want them to… be interested in who I am and not shy away just because I am different. Also, not to hold static assumptions.

I want people to understand… I am not a bad person!! I like being honest about who I am and what I like, and I wish other people would appreciate that.

About Risa
I love playing sports and going to the gym. I also like writing songs and wish I had the inspiration to write a hundred of them. I am bilingual and bicultural, sometimes socially awkward and occasionally feel romantically impaired, but want to change the world and make it a better place someday.

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Posted by on September 28th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Attraction


Someone wrote…

I think I need to realise that people aren’t as open-minded as me sometimes. Like, I’m an asexual who is romantically attracted to masculinity but masculine girls are still on the cards. They still fall under masculinity, right?

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on September 27th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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I want to be art.


Someone wrote…

I feel lost between male and neutral and femme. The body I have is beautiful, but I don’t want it.

I need to perform gender, but no one understands what I’m saying. I need to make art about it. I need to show person after person until someone catches a glimpse. And then I’ll cook them their favorite dinner and we’ll cuddle till dawn. I want to be art. I want to make this horrible body, beautiful with curves enough to make a continent in the shape of my body, into something wonderful. I want to show the maleness of my breasts and the femaleness of my muscles.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on September 25th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Fears vs. Dreams



Reposted via Fears vs. Dreams, as part of World Suicide Prevention Week 2013


Posted by on September 24th, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Recommendation: Breakfast on Pluto


tigr recommends…

Poster for the film "Breakfast on Pluto" by Neil Jordan, starring Cillian Murphy. A black shadow outline of the protagonist, holding an unfolded pink umbrella.

Breakfast on Pluto
Film (Also: book)

“Breakfast on Pluto” is a wonderful tale, following the adventures of Patrick “Kitten” Braden (Cillian Murphy! <3) from close-minded small town, via a run-in with the IRA, to London in search of Kitten’s lost mother. Fabulous! With darker parts dotted throughout, but really heart-warming in the end. :)

The film is based on the book with the same title (but I only saw the film; haven’t yet read the book).

There’s also a pretty cool official site (flash only, unfortunately).

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Posted by on September 24th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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abbey elizabeth


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Posted by on September 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Howdy!


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“I’m Jay and working at my university’s LGBT*Q resource center to help promote trans* inclusion.”

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Posted by on September 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Question: Agender fitness without being on T?


Adrienne asks…

I am a FAAB agender (neutrois, specifically), and I was wondering if you all could give me some support/ideas.

I really want to become stronger and have a bigger and more muscular body, but I don’t want to go on T, because I’m worried that all the rest of the changes compounded will take me too far in the other direction toward being male, which is where I don’t want to go

With the female body that I was born with, is it possible for me to become much stronger without taking supplements or things like body builders do?
…more like Scott from Teen Wolf (minus the shirt and flat chest).

Thank you so much.

Please post your response in the comments below.

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Posted by on September 22nd, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Finding peace from within. Not yet a woman. Not yet a man.


Submitted by Elliott Alexzander, the model.

“I live a Gender Fluid lifestyle meaning I do not consider myself a boy or a girl, but a cohesive mixture of both. I express this through my personal style and other creative forms. This is a perfect example of an outfit I would wear to an amusement park or a pic-nik by the river. <3″

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Posted by on September 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Zee


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Posted by on September 20th, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Profile: Ivan


Ivan

You can call me… Ivan.

I identify as… androgynous.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … I’ve never been particular.

I’m attracted to… anyone.

When people talk about me, I want them to… look past my appearance. I’ve identified as “androgynous” for close to half of my life, and during that time, I’ve had others devalue my work and efforts under the guise of “being from an ugly girl.”

I want people to understand… that regardless of how I identify, I’m still a person – not an object to be mocked, not a thing to be fixed, not a physical embodiment of social ineptitude.

About Ivan
29-year-old fashion and music writer, although I’ve been hesitant to “brand” myself on social media. I’ve also been working on a novel with an androgynous protagonist, although that’s probably one of those things that won’t ever see the light of day.

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Posted by on September 20th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Ashlee Traynham


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Posted by on September 19th, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Little ol’ Me


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Posted by on September 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Recommendation: Franswa Sharl


Gina recommends…

Franswa Sharl
short film

“Franswa Sharl” is a short film about a boy who is successfully playing with his dad’s expectations and not shy about performing as a girl. Based on a true story.

There is also a version with German subtitles.

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Posted by on September 18th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Lez Get Dressed For Work


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Posted by on September 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

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The times


Someone wrote…

Sometimes I can see the beauty in my androgynous, gender non-conforming body. Other times, not so much. There are times when I take pride in the utility of my body- its sinuous strength, dexterity, ability to recovery quickly from injury. Then there are the times when all I see is a weak lump of flesh in an amorphous blob.
I know I’m not alone in feeling like this, so I was hoping others had suggestions on how to love, or at least accept, my queer body. And maybe how to take enough pride in it that others can see that it’s pretty cool, too.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on September 17th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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nneka


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Posted by on September 16th, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Recommendation: Fever Dreams for Pansies


Myles recommends…

Cover art of Fever Dreams for Pansies

Hey Genderforkers! I’m a femme transsexual man who has been making music for years. I write gender-fierce anthems, songs about being a survivor, ballads about navigating transphobia, queer teen love songs, and pop duets with myself.

Coming out as trans and starting HRT forced me to put my art on the backburner for a while. But I’m diving back into my art now and very excited to share it!

You can download or stream my songs or watch my videos!

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Posted by on September 16th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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thegeek1010


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Posted by on September 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am

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