i see your "genderfuck" and raise you a "genderpirate"
That’s amazing. Please, someone show me that this is a thing. A genderpirate flag, anything. Just submit all of it, since this sounds like the best thing ever and I’ll probably post a bunch.
"Yes, it’s wonderful to see a woman modeling a menswear collection, but I’d like to see the 201 version of this, as it were. I’d like to see a woman with stereotypically feminine features modeling menswear: I’d like to see a curvy girl with cupid’s bow lips sashaying down the runway in a suit. I’d like to see a woman with big breasts strutting through a print campaign in men’s vests and ties. For that matter, I’d like to see a hairy, muscular man wearing dresses in women’s print ads. I’d like to see a bearded male model on the runway for a womenswear collection.
And I would like to see these design decisions played not as novelties or something to laugh at, but as legitimate expressions of fashion and commentaries on fashion and gender. I would like to see designers exploring the full range of the human body, rather than limiting themselves, and in the process limiting their audiences, too. Society takes cues from fashion, and the heavily gendered nature of fashion is a pressing issue for those who don’t fit within the narrow confines of what is ‘acceptable’ in terms of physical appearance."
Good read. Real good.
"Of course, this is one of the profound ways in which oppression works—to mire us in body hatred. Homophobia is all about defining queer bodies as wrong, perverse, immoral. Transphobia, about defining trans bodies as unnatural, monstrous, or the product of delusion. Ableism, about defining disabled bodies as broken and tragic. Class warfare, about defining the bodies of workers as expendable. Racism, about defining the bodies of people of color as primitive, exotic, or worthless. Sexism, about defining female bodies as pliable objects. These messages sink beneath our skin."
— Eli Clare, “Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies” (via genderqueer)
"Nightclubs attract populations based on whatever form of material, social, or subcultural capital they are able to muster, inviting certain people in while vetting out dangerous populations. Those who are in circulate the unquenchable desire to be desired, to be included; those who are out actually spatially reinforce this desire, this exclusivity."
— George S. Rigakos, Nightclub: Bouncers, Risk, and the Spectacle of Consumption (Canada: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008), p. 6. (via literature-and-cats)