It’s just a really useful resource, and much needed.
Posted by tigr on December 16th, 2014 at 08:00 am
It’s just a really useful resource, and much needed.
I love it because Miles Walser is a great poet. Miles wrote some very touching stuff about trans issues, and especially if you are FTM I bet you will love this, but no matter who you are you will love the writing of this cute as hell and intelligent writer.
You can find a nice blog of Miles, where there is a lot of poetry recommended…
Robin Renee recommends…
Audacious Robin is on a gender journey and discovers her androgyny along the path. We discuss the distinctions between and the interweaving of gender identity, biological sex, sexual orientation, and gender presentation. Audacious Wendy comes out as a male peacock stuck in a woman’s body.
Audacious Eleven is the #1 Talk Show for Shakespearean Rock ‘n’ Roll Tech Geek Magic and Life Empowerment. www.audaciouseleven.com
I’m a UK trans/queer activist and artist, and my latest music video is a collaboration between friends and fellow activists to challenge the slurs we’ve been saddled with throughout our lives.
I wrote the song ‘You’ for my audiences as a thank you — so it made sense to make a video that would try to do the same thing. I was bullied badly all the way through school – biphobia, transphobia, and just in general – and I wanted to make something that addressed that head on. It’s a very simple concept — everyone in the video shows the viewer a word they’ve been called and hurt by, and then shows the camera a word that ACTUALLY describes them — but I think there’s something powerful in having to hold someone’s gaze as they tell you how others have tried — and failed — to dehumanise them.
This is in promotion of the documentary Two Spirits, about the Navajo Two Spirit gender identity and other non-binary gender identities in the world. The map has blurbs on various identities from all around the world.
Genderbent recasting of an already gender-bending techno song originally written and performed by Underworld.
It’s the unusual and true love story between writer Lytton Strachey, a gay man, and a gender-nonconforming woman, the artist Dora Carrington. When first meeting Carrington, Strachey mistakes her for a boy and asks “Who is this ravashing boy?” It’s a very touching movie that you won’t forget about any time soon.
This is a series of interviews with a gender fluid activist. It explains general genderqueer issues and is a good resource to show to people who aren’t familiar with all this yet.
It’s a great article on gender roles. (The blog is cool too but mostly less relevant to genderfork.) Here’s my favorite part of the post:
You are [sic] not a Woman, and I am [sic] not a Man. You may move through the world woman-ing, and I may do manly things, and we may enrich these roles and express them in a healthy way, but at core our bodies move in a dazzling, thundering, dynamic storm of circulating desire for the other-than-us, with potentials and predispositions, but nothing hammered down or definite.
I believe healthy, lightly-held roles make this whirling chaos of yearning more navigable, but they do not replace it. I feel fine to have chosen my version of the role of “man”, but it does not eclipse that one can pick from an infinite array of gender roles. Truly one must pity a culture reduced to the poverty of choosing from “he, she, and it”. He, she, and it? Really? Wow.
Anna Mandolin recommends…
R. Freymuth-Frazier is a highly trained figurative oil painter. Instead of painting pretty landscapes or portraits in a traditional manner she uses her skills to paint portraits of women from various perspectives. From the hyper-feminine to the androgynous and even intersexuality, it’s all been explored in her large body of work spanning over a decade. It’s brave and strong work and really worth seeing.
Note: some of the paintings contain (artful) nudity.
Donnie Collins recommends…
There’s an Irish/Scottish ballad called “Donald, Where’s Your Trousers?” about a young man who is questioned/heckled for wearing a kilt instead of trousers.
Well, I’m a transguy, and my name’s Donald, and I guess I just loved the fact that there was a song like this out there.
And we all love kilts here, so I thought I’d share!
Zena Sharman recommends…
The Genderfork community might like an anthology on butch and femme called Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. (Full disclosure: I co-edited this project with my partner, Ivan E. Coyote). We’re really proud of the book. It’s a beautiful and diverse collection of 40+ femme and butch voices including MtF and FtM butches and femmes — like Amy Fox’s piece “Changed Sex. Grew Boobs. Started Wearing a Tie.”, Rae Spoon’s “Femme Cowboy”, Elizabeth Marston’s “Rogue Femininity”, and S. Bear Bergman’s “Brother Dog”.
Our aim in creating this anthology was, as Audre Lorde says, to “broaden the joining” — to make space for a continuation and expansion of the butch femme conversation, to reflect on what femme and butch can mean in today’s ever-shifting gender landscape.
There’s also an interesting tumblr, though it’s no longer active.
Erica (photo curator emeritus) recommends…
Stormy isn’t the only baby being raised gender neutral. Blogger Arwyn debunks ten common objections to gender neutral parenting, showing the reasoning behind many of the decisions she makes while raising her male-assigned at birth “boychick”.
Alice Dreger works with people at the edge of anatomy, such as conjoined twins and intersexed people. In her observation, it’s often a fuzzy line between male and female, among other anatomical distinctions. Which brings up a huge question: Why do we let our anatomy determine our fate?
There is also a transcript of the talk.
Allison’s Revenge recommends…
DebaserZ takes on heteronormativity and the gender binary with an arsenal of hilarious, queered-up pop song covers. Check out “Fuck Heteronormativity,” an awesome deconstruction of “You Belong With Me.”
“And you’ve got a smile that could light up this whole town, but it doesn’t come out much when you’re getting mispronouned…”
I found this gem of a collection whilst wandering through my university’s library — in particular, the few shelves tucked away on the seventh floor containing science fiction anthologies by women and queer people… The short stories it contains are all winners of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for science fiction and fantasy that explores the boundaries of gender and sexuality. Some are old favorites like Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Matter of Seggri”, while some I had never heard of before and instantly fell in love with, like Eleanor Arnason’s “The Lovers”. All of the pieces play with gender roles and expectations in settings at once fantastical and exquisitely human. If you like speculative fiction, I would highly recommend this book.
My friend Jay and I started a video podcast called Miss Gender about my transition (I’m MtF). I’ve been contemplating my gender identity since I was 13 or 14 and, now in my 30s, I’ve started to get my head around the idea that I’m trans.
On the show we talk about things like how I came to realize I’m trans, coming out to my parents and other family, and mulling over how to handle things at work.
Cecelia LaPointe recommends…
I identify as Gender Non-conforming, Genderqueer, Androgynous and Two-Spirit (Niizh Manidoowag — in Anishinaabemowin). I love genderfork!
I’m sittin’ at the end of this dock,
I’ve walked this way to find my beginning,
The boards of this dock creaking,
As I am the man,
The androgynous man,
With a cigarette hangin’ outta my mouth,
Today I am wearing brown pants,
Flannel shirt in the truck,
Tomorrow I wear jeans,
These people keep passin’ through here,
Keep on passin’ through,
Going somewhere better they say,
Gotta get out of this place,
To some hippie idea of community,
This ain’t going work for me – the working man,
I wave my hand at em’ in disappointment,
Ain’t got time for thinking why these people don’t care,
This hippie idea forgets about the struggle of people like myself,
Residing in towns like Manistee,
Some “progressive” who turns their nose up at this place,
“Oh your from Manistee” in a derogatory tone,
Too much of an eyesore,
That town stinks from the pollution,
Keep on going I say,
Wave em’ away,
I am the androgynous man in brown pants,
Reminiscing about the days of family get-togethers,
Hot summer days,
Playing “redneck” horseshoes as some yuppie would say,
But they are just horseshoes to me,
I own this and I ain’t got no shame,
Eating watergate salad,
Thinking about the power lines towering over us in this Hazel Park backyard,
Just a few blocks north of 8 Mile Road,
From the D to the Stee to KBIC,
Don’t be mean,
Get tossed aside near the railroad tracks,
We pick up the pieces,
Mend our families,
Mend our souls,
Ya see I am the androgynous man in brown pants,
Driving the rusted old Chevette,
To a rusted old Ford,
There is always something better,
I try to make all of this work,
A heavy heart like a ball of iron,
Heavy heart from the generations,
Heavy from this identity,
Existing in this body,
Existing in this skin,
Equals community alienation,
And I ponder all of this,
As the androgynous man in brown pants,
In a woman’s body,
Here at the lake,
Watching her ways.
Jaye Johnson recommends…
Empowermentors is an uber-active, supportive collective and its Facebook group’s quite lively. According to its founder, it’s open to: “Trans/Disabled/Queer/Femme Hackers of Color.”
She goes on to say, “The Empowermentors Collective is a skillshare, discussion, and support network for intersectionally marginalized people of color with a critical interest in technology and media hacking.”
“Also, we currently have many online groups– an email listserv, irc channel, facebook group, and also google+ … I also try to crosspost things between tumblr, twitter, diaspora, pump.io, the facebook page, and google+ page, so that people have a choice of where they engage.”
This digital book is like a gender 101. It would be very helpful to start the conversation with someone who doesn’t know anything about gender. It’s also very affirming to browse for someone who is gender non-conforming in one form or another. I also like that it’s open access and they encourage people to download and distribute it.