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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………

WorkWear, Part 1

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

Black-and-white photograph of a high-heeled shoe treading into carpet.

‘Looking professional’ is a phrase that never fails to set my teeth on edge. ‘Workwear’, ‘office attire’, or ‘formal dress’ are some of the most binarist categories of clothing, and they just don’t work for me because of that.

People who code or are read as female, for instance, are often pressured to present as femme in order to present as formal. (h/t to Emma for this gorgeous phrasing) In this post, some of the Genderplayful team members weigh in on this aspect of workwear binaries.

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huimin says:

As s.e. smith writes:

There is an expectation, a demand, that working women dress fashionably. Not necessarily at the height of fashion, as runway looks wouldn’t be, as they say, work appropriate, but certainly neatly, elegantly. Dress codes are a snarled tangle to navigate when you’re supposed to be demure, but not drab, neat, but not flashy.

Whenever I have to dress up for a new setting – say an office job, or a formal presentation, or a dinner event – I become even more critical of my wardrobe. I am not a very femme person; I have some heels, some skirts, some dresses, and I wouldn’t have got them if I didn’t like them, but to present so explicitly as femme is a choice that I have to deliberate over, to be comfortable with. Continue reading