Genderplayful Links Roundup 11.21.2012

Editor’s Note: This post is from the original Genderplayful Community Blog, back when we were also a marketplace.

Hey everyone! If, like me, you are currently trying to wrestle your way through one of the worst travel days in the USA, I wish you the very best of luck. If you are not, congratulations, and I hope your day is wonderful, and not full of overcrowded train cars and smashed toes.


- A 72-year-old grandfather, Liu Xianping, is modeling for his grandaughter’s online clothing boutique for women, and the Internet is falling for him. I confess, I’m kind of falling for him too. Here’s what he says in the article:

Why unacceptable (for someone like me to wear women’s clothes ? Modeling for the store is helping my granddaughter and I have nothing to lose. We were very happy on the day of the shooting. I’m very old and all that I care about is to be happy[.]

- Saint Harridan is a new clothing company that wants to make beautiful suits and accessories for people whose bodies aren’t typically associate with suits*. They describe themselves as “challeng[ing] culturally conventional gender roles through innovative, stylish and empowering apparel and accessories.” Their blog and explanation of their choice of name are both worth reading. They are launching a Kickstarter in 2 days! And having a model contest right now. I am definitely getting on board with their Kickstarter and cannot wait to see what they do next.


- V magazine has released a few interesting shots of a gender-bent themed editorial photographed by Nick Knight for their “Girl Power” issue:

- A recent Photoshop contest invited people to “change the gender of celebrities“. Almost every entry is just about changing the clothing the celebrity is wearing, though some go further and do body alterations and such. It heavily relies upon prescribed gender performances, though I found it a fun page to scroll through while trying to think of the people there from a more gender-fluid perspective. (With a couple of exceptions toward the bottom that are incredibly bad Photshopping, as well as an unfortunate race-bending version of Taylor Lautner).


- If you just want to spend some time laughing today, might I suggest this amazing photo series of haughty chickens.


- And finally, I’ll leave with this 1920s photo of Betty Karrenbauer, a German flapper who clearly loved to dress up. Earrings plus lace plus suit for the win.


What have you been reading lately?

*ETA on 11.25.12: I struggled with the right way to express Saint Harridan’s intended audience, in part because the company itself doesn’t ever lay it out exactly. I originally used the term “female-bodied” here because that is one of several terms they have been using, but had another Genderplayful member point out that was not the right term to be inclusive to some trans* folks who are also interested in their clothes. To that member, thank you for the correction! To anyone who may have felt excluded by my choice of terms, my sincere apologies. And to all of you: how would you say this? 


One thought on “Genderplayful Links Roundup 11.21.2012

  1. Betty Rae

    Speaking for myself, if I am using a problematic term, I put scare quotes around it (as you have done above) to indicate that I know that it’s problematic, but I haven’t found a solution for it yet. I do the same thing when, as in this blog post, I am relaying how someone else chose to describe something.

    Although I agree that “female-bodied” is problematic, the truth of the matter is that ALL language is problematic…every single word and combination. While I would like to see people continue to challenge language, I would also like to see people provide alternatives when they make those challenges. What do they like and prefer? What have they found other people using as alternatives?

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