Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Are you male or female? For most of us, answering that question is no problem, although whether we want to is another matter. But for some people, these categories simply don't fit. They consider themselves neither male nor female - essentially, genderless.
Take Norrie May-Welby, an activist and performer in Sydney, who says: "Some of us have found it better to identify in non-gender-specific ways; it's not our life and those roles don't fit us."
May-Welby uses pronouns such as "zie" in place of "he" or "she", and "hir" in place of "him" and "her", and says: "Some people get angry with the idea that I'm not a man or woman. It's fair to say there's sexual anxiety underneath it: they're thinking, 'If I'm attracted to this person who is neither male nor female, they've shattered my idea of myself as straight or gay.' "
Rejecting such deeply entrenched cultural norms has its challenges. Aside from being branded a freak and suffering the occasional physical attack, genderless people claim they are forced to lie every time they fill out a form. Whether it's a job application or government document, they, like the rest of us, are required to tick the "M" or "F" box, with no other options. . . .Read More
17 March 2009
SXSW INTERACTIVE is certainly dealing with the most pressing of issues this year. Case in point: an hour-long session on girl gaming where, amongst other things, it was unanimously agreed that transsexuals could also use the coveted title 'girl gamer', if they felt the urge.
Yes, that's right boys, no need to sweat it. You can be a girl gamer even if you channel Lara Croft more than you fantasise about her. Good to know. . . .Read More
Once, in an article, I said I was going to dump my girlfriend for Ching-He Huang of Chinese Food Made Easy. Of course, I didn't because that would be silly of me. However, not as hare-brained as my new scheme to run off to America to hound the lovely ladies featured in True Stories: Tears, Tiaras and Transsexuals (More4, Tuesday, 17 March, 10pm). Hot diggity dawg! The post and pre-op gals featured in this marvellous film were seriously stunning. Better than their obviously fine looks, was their even more impressive stories. . . .Read More