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Genderplayful Links roundup for December

Here’s some links to warm up the last month of the year!

A school in Japan had a day where the pupils swapped uniforms to to allow them ‘the freedom to separate themselves from predetermined notions of manliness and femininity.’
It was a voluntary exercise, and 117 male and 182 female students took part. It got a lot of news coverage in Japan, and from what I’ve read, went down really well, with students learning a lot about preconceptions and givens when it comes to gender.

Dapper Q have a great piece on curvy androgyny which is well worth checking out. There’s a list of 10 commandments of Curvy Androgynous Style. It rocks.

And finally, Meet Cassandro, the drag queen star of Mexico’s wrestling circuit.


Genderplayful links round up for the end of October

Well, here we are, hurtling towards winter, and as I write this in my little flat by the sea, I’ve got to tell you, it’s pretty cold!
Lets see if we can’t warm ourselves up with some red hot links! (see what I did there? That English degree wasn’t entirely a waste of time.)

-Lena Dunham Is Producing a Documentary About an L.G.B.T.Q. Bespoke Tailor in Brooklyn for HBO.
The tailor in question is Bindle & Keep and they’ve been making suits for Trans, and Gender variant clients, for a while now. There’s a really great article, with more detail on the actual store, and what made them decide to start making suits here.
Bindle & Keep founder and owner Daniel Friedman told Vanity Fair that he was

“totally blown away when Lena’s team first reached out to us—the art we practice is so specialized that it was hard to believe heavy hitters were taking an interest.”



-Why I’m Genderqueer, Professional and Unafraid.
This came up on my Facebook feed a few times, and I immediately thought of sharing it here. It’s a pretty inspiring article, and you should all read it.
Here’s a quote from the article to tempt you….

For years, professionalism has been my enemy, because it requires that my gender identity is constantly and unrepentantly erased. In the workplace, the gender binary can be absolute, unfaltering and infallible…. Would I still have the respect of my boss if I showed up in heels? Would I be treated as a professional if I wore earrings? Would I be taken seriously wearing lipstick? Would my colleagues respect me for who I am?



And finally meet New York’s first, and only trans woman firefighter.
Brooke Guinan is the first Trans Firefighter to work for New York’s Fire Department, and this is basically awesome, and hopefully will lead to more diversity in what is traditionally been seen as a very male orientated world.
Also, I love that t-shirt.

More links coming your way in a couple of weeks………

Genderplayful Links Round Up for early October

There’s a crispness in the air over here in the Uk, as Autumn starts to weave its way into our lives again. Time to start breaking out the scarves and hats!
Here are some links we’ve been checking out recently, that may ,or may not, be vaguely related…..

-Andreja Pejic, known for her modelling with Paris Vogue, and Jean Paul Gaultier, amongst others, came out as a trans woman earlier this year, and is no longer modelling as androgynous. There’s a really interesting interview with her here.
Talking about trends in fashion that explore androgyny and trans beauty and why there’s a focus on it right now, she says

I think that’s because it represents a social layer of people who feel that they don’t want to conform to traditional forms of gender—who feel traditional forms of gender are outdated. That social base feeds the trend, and it feeds the exploration in fashion.


-Laura Jane Grace, from band Against Me!, has a new web series. In it she meets up with other Trans people and hears their stories, whilst also talking about her life.

(photo by Leslie Lyons, via this article)

All the episodes are here and are well worth watching when you’ve got a moment.
In an interview with Elle, which is also worth a read, she says, in regards to making this series,

You put all this out there, you make it part of the topic of conversation and [a part of] culture, and it gets to the point where more and more people become educated and then it becomes less of a big deal.

Basically, it looks pretty awesome, and as Trans people become increasing visible in the media, and world as a whole, it’s wonderful to see more and more positive representation like this.


-Finally, if you want to just see something really beautiful and calming then this website about the magic of water should fit the bill nicely.

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[.]

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Genderplayful Roundup 10.29.12

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

Hey all!

I’ve been to ground for a little while for a funeral and also an engagement (otherwise known as a whirlwind of emotion from all sides). Now Hurricane Sandy has arrived in Brooklyn, and my partner and I are hunkered down trying to squeeze the last little bits of internet access out of our computers before we lose power. If you’re in the same boat, here are some links! If you’re not in the path of the hurricane, hopefully these will prove a pleasant diversion for a Monday afternoon.

- Here’s an oldie but goodie from the Hairpin’s Scandals of Classic Hollywood series about Marlene Dietrich, including some really interesting thoughts about her gender presentation, as well as this gorgeous photo:

If you’re into that sort of thing, the entire “Scandals” collection is detailed, painstakingly researched, and fascinating.

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Genderplayful Roundup 10.11.12

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

Hey all!

I am way more excited about writing 10 11 12 in the title of this post than I should be.

Here’s a quick round-up of some links of interest that have passed my dashboard this week (though some of the links are older). This post style is unabashedly stolen from the Skepchick Quickies.

-    Gaultier’s new collection for Paris Fashion Week has a few interesting plays on the tailored suit; the shot that stood out to me is included below. The entire collection is full of interesting plays on androgyny, including garments that blend typically masculine and feminine silhouettes together, and a lot of models and outfits that avoid sensuality in favor of over-the-top color and styles.

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