Here’s the way I identify, in my own head: Masculine bisexual cis female. That is a string of words that makes almost no sense to a lot of people in my life who would rather just be like “aren’t you kind of just … Rebecca?” And yeah, that’s true too. But my four-word identity is my short summary of who I am, what pronouns I use, what my love life looks like, and how I present myself to the outside world, or, in short, the way I relate to other people as far as my gender goes.
My presentation has changed markedly over the last few years. Part of the reason I slimmed down my wardrobe and switched to versatile basics is that I felt really inauthentic in the very loud clothing I was wearing. When I wore metallic gold miniskirts or flouncy floral skirts or bright pink minidresses I ordered from ModCloth — even when I was wearing structured dresses that complimented my waist-to-hip ratio beautifully — it felt like a costume. It felt like I was trying too hard. Switching over to jeans, leggings, basic tees, loafers, and combat boots has removed all the stress from getting dressed. Keep reading »
Model Andrej Pejic appears in the June issue of Vogue Brazil, nude, wearing only silver nail polish. The famously androgynous Andre has walked the runway in both men’s and women’s clothing, and regularly appears in fashion editorials decked out in high fashion women’s clothes.
Of his look, Andrej has said, “The way I need to look, it’s a very personal thing. When I started experimenting, it was to make myself feel happy, to look in the mirror and be satisfied. I never did drag or anything like that. It was always that I wanted to be pretty, to look beautiful, as a girl would want to … In this society, if a man is called a woman, that’s the biggest insult he could get. Is that because women are considered something less?”
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We introduced you to model Casey Legler before — she’s the gorgeous former Olympic swimmer who’s signed as a male model with Ford Models, and has been forging a successful fashion career ever since. In the video above, she talks to a couple of bewildered CNN anchors about being discovered by photographer Cass McCombs.
“I really was in love with tutus,” says Casey. “Wow,” gasps the female anchor, as Casey admits that despite her short-cropped hair and tomboy clothing, she still occasionally enjoys a tutu. Casey further blows her mind by telling her that “this, in the fashion world is just an example of what’s happening in a larger sphere.” Indeed! [SheWired]
The androgynous look isn’t just a thing that popped up in the 1970s and comes back in vogue every few years. Apparently, it’s an evolutionary fact. Researchers at North Carolina State University (go Wolfpack!) studied Spanish and Portuguese skulls from now, as well as hundreds dating back all the way to 16th century. And it looks like over time, male and female skulls have come to look much more similar than they used to. Why? Apparently while both genders’ skulls looked different, the female skulls showed the most change. Over time, women’s facial structures have gotten larger, probably because of better nutrition. Ahhh, so this explains the Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber phenomenon. [Newser, Science Daily] Keep reading »