October 22nd, 2006

ahhh....Romance.

genderfluxxxors television

hi,

i dont have a television so i'm not sure how this works....but on 10/28, a clip of my performance-lecture on FTM erotica in film and video will be shown on MNN Channel 56 at 11pm. I think you can watch it online too. For those of you who werent there, it was a performance in which I show and discuss clips of erotica and porn involving transmasculine images. The version that I did in NYC was at an outdoor gallery/performance space in the Lower east side called Le Petit Versailles. I discussed the clips with a colleague in Amsterdam, and her live audience there, live via webcam conference. Not sure how much they are showing or what it will even look like....! But if youre interested there it is. :) Oh actually, I think they screen it live in the garden.

"10/28 EDT 8pm Screening - LPVTV Episode #13
featuring it/EQ's "The Emperors Premiere", Kalup Linzy "Diva In Distress", Gender FluXXXors Uncoded trans!atlantic dialogue, Seraphim B Penumbra at the Marquis and Peter Cramer & Jack Waters in "War Is Ovah, If You Want It Or Give Peace A Break!
(LPVTV is our weekly cable show on MNN Channel 56 - Sundays @ 11pm)"


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loungecat

Freelance lesbianism and trendy bisexuality

An excellent article, irreverent, serious and enlightened by media standards, by Lisa Pryor in this weekend's Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). Personally I think she's a little too optimistic, but you can decide for yourselves:

A few saturday nights ago, after a midnight snack of last resort consisting of chicken nuggets and a strawberry shake, I found myself in a nightclub of last resort, not so far from Circular Quay. This bland establishment is usually populated by students fresh from harbour cruise formals, older men drinking with intent and drunk twentysomethings who couldn't get in anywhere else.

It was there, on the dance floor, somewhere between the B52's
Love Shack and Justin Timberlake's Senorita, that two unlikely-looking lasses, clothed in those stretchy cotton dresses that every girl seems to be wearing at the moment, pashed, at least partly for the titillation of the guys who encircled them, it seemed. And it got me thinking about the casualisation of the lesbian sector.

I have checked out the stats and it seems that freelance lesbians outnumber full-timers and permanent part-timers. While 0.8 per cent of women identify as gay and 1.4 per cent identify as bisexual, those groups are swamped by the 15.1 per cent of women who report an attraction to women or sexual activity with women but do not consider themselves gay or bisexual, according to the
Australian Study of Health and Relationships produced by La Trobe University in 2003.

Presumably that 15.1 per cent is a broad category including gay women in denial, girls who write into
Dolly about how they are in love with their best friend and, of course, dance-floor lesbians.

I like a raunchy display of public sex as much as the next bloke, but I do harbour doubts about some dance-floor lesbians, the kind who always remark, "Wow, girls' lips are so soft" and never go beyond a pash.

I wonder whether they give bisexuality a bad name. Or a worse name, I should say. Bisexuals have long been considered the ratbags of the sexual orientation spectrum, incapable of monogamy, carelessly spreading disease to innocent heterosexuals. Now, in the case of women at least, bisexuality seems to have become a kind of pornographic foreplay designed to titillate men or boost ratings on television shows such as the
OC.

Those doubts aside, I think freelance lesbianism is a positive development, as long as the girls are enjoying themselves and not doing it purely for male entertainment. Even pretend lesbians can serve their purpose.

So here are some arguments in favour of freelancers:

-For a start, freelancers normalise gay sex as an active choice rather than something that is only OK if you are forced to do it because you "can't help it" or were "born that way". They clearly don't believe God will strike them down for choosing to have sexual contact with a woman and they demonstrate this publicly, which is great PR.

-Freelancers give lesbians access to a wider range of girls than ever before. The number of full-time lesbians is small. At least freelancers expand the options, even if many are eventually lured away by that love which dares to shout its name on embossed invitations, and the trinkets of heterosexual privilege that come with it: princess cut diamonds, free whitegoods, and an unlimited supply of sperm for making babies. Bitches.

-Most importantly, as gay sex becomes less taboo, even among the middle-of-the-road, it surely becomes slightly less traumatic to be a gay teenager. Rather than having to lock themselves away sullenly listening to the Indigo Girls, teenage lesbians probably have a fair chance of getting some action at high school these days, the stage when kids are usually at their most homophobic.

Jokes aside, this last point is important and the stakes are incredibly high. The self-harm statistics among young people who are attracted to the same sex are scandalous. Among the under-30s, an estimated 20.8 per cent of gay men and 28 pe cent of lesbian women have attempted suicide, according to a study quoted on the website of the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies.

Suicide attempts are even more common among young people who are bisexual or undecided about their sexuality, at 29.4 per cent for men and 34.9 per cent for women.

In this context, anything that makes gay behaviour more acceptable among young people is a good thing. Now, if we can only get straight boys to start kissing on the dance floor, we might really have some progress.



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