Month: July 2010

Two Tune Tuesday: Dusty Springfield

Posted by – July 13, 2010

(Apparently it was only the daughter of a preacher man who could ever reach her, by the way.)

Passing Pat Dye

Posted by – July 12, 2010

Skip the Makeup has a good blog post up about Pat Dye, the 31 year old who has allegedly pursued and seduced a 15 year old girl.

That’s the huge problem: not the gender, but the age gap. Impersonating a minor to have sex with a minor is criminal.

Being trans or clocked for the gender you’re not is not a crime, or immoral, or anything like that.

So maybe let’s keep the two things entirely separate, okay?

Trans + Jewish

Posted by – July 11, 2010

Prof. Joy Ladin on what it means to be transgender and Jewish:

LGBT WI Endorsements

Posted by – July 10, 2010

Fair Wisconsin and Human Rights League have put together a list of endorsement’s for this year’s elections.

“Which is the rooster & which is the hen?”

Posted by – July 10, 2010

From 1925:

Here are the lyrics:

Masculine Women! Feminine Men!

Hey! Hey! Women are going mad, today!
Hey! Hey! Fellers are just as bad, I’ll say!
Go anywhere, just stand and stare,
You’ll say they’re bugs when you look at the clothes they wear.

Masculine Women, Feminine Men,
which is the rooster which is the hen?
It’s hard to tell ‘em apart today. And SAY…
Sister is busy learning to shave,
Brother just loves his permanent wave,
It’s hard to tell ‘em apart today. HEY! HEY!

Girls were girls and boys were boys when I was a tot,
Now we don’t know who is who or even what’s what.
Knickers and trousers, baggy and wide,
Nobody knows who’s walking inside.
Those Masculine Women, Feminine Men

Masculine Women. Feminine Men
which is the rooster which is the hen?
It’s hard to tell ‘em apart today. And SAY…
Auntie is smoking, rolling her own,
Uncle is always buying cologne.
It’s hard to tell ‘em apart today. HEY! HEY!
You go and give your girl a kiss in the hall,
But instead you find you’re kissing her brother Paul.
Mama’s got a sweater up to her chin,
Papa’s got a girtle holding him in.
Those Masculine Women, Feminine Men

Stop, Look, Listen and you’ll agree… with me.
Things are not what they used to be… you’ll see.
You say hello to Uncle Joe,
Then look again and you find it’s your Aunti Flo.

Masculine Women, Feminine Men
which is the rooster which is the hen?
It’s hard to tell ‘em apart today. And SAY…
Wifey is playing billiards and pool,
Hubby is dressing kiddies for school.
It’s hard to tell ‘em apart today. HEY! HEY!
Ever since the Prince of Wales in dresses was seen,
What does he intend to be the King or the Queen?
Grandmother buys those tailor-made clothes,
Grandfather tries to smell like a rose.
Those Masculine Women, Feminine Men

I got the lyrics from Box Turtle Bulletin, where there’s more about the song, too.

New Buster

Posted by – July 9, 2010

Damfinos: there’s a new cut of Steamboat Bill Jr. Imagine, after all these years, different camera angles, and a cleaner & sharper print. Yay.

buster keaton

Also, there’s a new DVD of all the Educational Pictures pictures, or shorts, most of them with his character Elmer (I prefer the “almost supernatural figure of beauty and grace in the silents,” as the NYT’s reviewer put it, but any Buster is still Buster.)

For those of you who don’t know, Houdini is credited with naming Buster. He was visiting with the Keatons, who were a vaudeville troupe, when infant/toddler Buster fell down a flight of stairs and landed with that stone face. Houdini, looking on, said “that’s quite a buster,” & thus, Buster Keaton was born. Houdini was born here in Appleton, and the Keatons used to summer in Muskegon, Michigan, where the annual Damfino conference takes place. So apparently I’ve come to some version of the right part of the world.

Federal DOMA Section Declared Unconstitutional

Posted by – July 8, 2010

Good news, in a states’ rights kind of way:

BOSTON (AP) — A U.S. judge in Boston has ruled that a federal gay marriage ban is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro on Thursday ruled in favor of gay couples’ rights in two separate challenges to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA…. Tauro agreed, and said the act forces Massachusetts to discriminate against its own citizens.

“The federal government, by enacting and enforcing DOMA, plainly encroaches upon the firmly entrenched province of the state, and in doing so, offends the Tenth Amendment. For that reason, the statute is invalid,” Tauro wrote in a ruling in a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley.

This Just In: Women Like Sex

Posted by – July 8, 2010

It’s probably not news for women between the ages of 27 & 45, but a new study shows we like sex more often than at other ages. The only sucky bit is that they felt the need to tie it to reproduction, which I think is bullshit (like most evolutionary psychology), and the evidence doesn’t point that way:

Compared to older or younger women, RE women are more willing to engage in sex after knowing a partner for either one month, one week or one evening. Controlling for the number of children the women had, or whether they consciously desired to have a child, did not change the results.

Obviously if it were about “expedited reproduction” – women willing to have sex to get pregnant – then women who’ve already had a child, or children, wouldn’t be part of this group, right? They’ve have scratched the itch these researchers say is engendering the more sexual behavior. I’d suggest, instead, that being on the descending side of the estrogen slide probably has more to do with it; if there’s anything testosterone is sure to do, it’s increase libido. & Maybe, who knows? It just takes women a while to figure out how to have (maybe even multiple) orgasms.

Can I just say that I find it depressing, if not hysterical, when researchers have to find out why women like sex? Do we ever ask that about men? People who like sex like sex because it feels fantastic, relieves stress, helps you feel good about yourself, exorcises demons – any or all of the above. It’s got beans to do with babies.

Wife of Trans Blog

Posted by – July 7, 2010

Here’s another trans couple, but this one a trans woman and her wife of 41 years. The wife, Jonni, keeps a blog on what it’s like to be married to a trans female spouse (who was her husband for many years before transition).

I’m always so pleased when I see new spouses’ experiences.

Two Tune Tuesday: Philly Soul

Posted by – July 6, 2010

Trans Couple Profiled by SF Gate

Posted by – July 5, 2010

Wow. A trans-trans couple profiled by SF Gate, and they’re both hotties.

During the next five years, the two developed a “conscious relationship” where they truly got to know each other. Sean, who was recently lauded by Dance magazine as “one to watch,” says that as working artists they gave a lot of thought to the possible ramifications of moving in together. Five years in, they joined households. A “no drama, no trauma” philosophy keeps their relationship fresh and their work lives productive.

“We are constantly working on ourselves,” Shawna says, “and we have developed good relationship tools.”

Both transgender, they say sharing that experience makes their bond tighter. “We understand where each of us is coming from,” Sean says.

In addition to their individual artistic pursuits, both run nonprofits. Sean is artistic director of Fresh Meat Productions, a grassroots arts organization for transgender artists, while Shawna presents Trannyfest, the nation’s first transgender film festival.

“The numerical odds were against us,” Shawna says. “I just didn’t think I would find a partner, let alone one that shares my passion for art and activism and spirituality.”

Congrats to them both. Stories like theirs make me happy.

Happy 4th from Your Creepy Ice Cream Man

Posted by – July 4, 2010

I love it, you may not.

Hot Men Run in Heels

Posted by – July 3, 2010

No, really, in Spain, a race was run by guys in heels who gradually added accoutrements – wigs, dresses, & lipstick – so that they finished the race crossdressed (and sweaty). No scrawny boys either.

(If anyone can translate the voiceover, please do!)

Trans Exhibit Takes OutHistory.org’s 1st Place

Posted by – July 2, 2010

OutHistory.org announced the winners of its “Since Stonewall Local Histories Contest” on Monday, June 28, exactly 41 years after Stonewall and 1st place went to a trans oriented exhibit.

1st – “Man-i-fest: FTM Mentorship in San Francisco from 1976 – 2009,” created by Meghan Rohrer, documents Lou Sullivan’s transition from female to male over the course of thirty years, with evidence drawn from Sullivans’ photos and letters, as well as video footage of interviews he did with the mainstream and community press, and medical professionals. D’Emilio and Meyer praised “the exhibit’s attention to the less studied FTM transition,” and noted “the critical role of mentors in these transitions is remarkable.”

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Happy Birthday Deborah Harry

Posted by – July 1, 2010

Debbie Harry turns 65 today. This is her at 63:

May we all look so good – and point out bullshit as clearly – as we enter our 6th decade.

(h/t to Lena)

Breeding Out Tomboys

Posted by – July 1, 2010

So what do you call it when a female doctor walks into a gene lab & doses all the pregnant mothers with a drug to prevent their daughters from wanting to work in “masculine” careers? Hypocrisy? Insanity? Female chauvinism? Pulling up the ladder under you?

I call it bullshit, but it’s happening. Dr. Maria New, an endocrinologist, is trying to prevent CAH in female infants, but as it turns out, the drug that prevents this masculinizing intersex condition in XX infants seems also seems to decrease incidents of lesbianism and bisexuality while simultaneously decreasing girls’ other “natural” impulses like playing with dolls and fantasizing about pregnancy and childbirth.

(Do little girls fantasize about pregnancy & childbirth? I had no idea. I never did, and I did play with dolls.)

From an article by Alice Dreger and two colleagues:


And it isn’t just that many women with CAH have a lower interest, compared to other women, in having sex with men. In another paper entitled “What Causes Low Rates of Child-Bearing in Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia?” Meyer-Bahlburg writes that “CAH women as a group have a lower interest than controls in getting married and performing the traditional child-care/housewife role. As children, they show an unusually low interest in engaging in maternal play with baby dolls, and their interest in caring for infants, the frequency of daydreams or fantasies of pregnancy and motherhood, or the expressed wish of experiencing pregnancy and having children of their own appear to be relatively low in all age groups.”

In the same article, Meyer-Bahlburg suggests that treatments with prenatal dexamethasone might cause these girls’ behavior to be closer to the expectation of heterosexual norms: “Long term follow-up studies of the behavioral outcome will show whether dexamethasone treatment also prevents the effects of prenatal androgens on brain and behavior.”

In a paper published just this year in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, New and her colleague, pediatric endocrinologist Saroj Nimkarn of Weill Cornell Medical College, go further, constructing low interest in babies and men – and even interest in what they consider to be men’s occupations and games – as “abnormal,” and potentially preventable with prenatal dex:

So dex might have prevented Dr. Maria New, which right about now looks like it would have been a good idea.

I’d also like to point out right about here that, for the record, for all the people who pooh-pooh non-trans, gender variant women when we talk about being “third sexed” along with trans women, that it looks like us dykey, tomboy, uppity types are the first on the chopping block.

Still & all, Dan Savage asks an important question:

Gay people have been stressing out about the day arriving when scientists developed treatments to prevent homosexuality . . . Well, here we are—the day appears to have arrived. Now what are we going to do about it?

So what are we going to do about it?