Sunday, January 11, 2009

Gender Benders

I am watching a "Discovery" channel special on Thomas Beattie, the man who was a pregnant man. We also saw a performance of "The Young Ladies of..." by Taylor Mac, a New York performing artist who helps us question what it means to test boundaries of what is normal, what are the borders, what it means to be a man, a woman. Thomas is wearing a shirt on him that says "Define Normal." Taylor Mac asked the same question: what does it mean to be a man or woman? He was dressed in some ways as a woman but is clearly a man.

This leads to questions like the following: what is a man? A woman? Marriage? Family?

Courage is what I see these two people and their families exhibiting.

Pace! B

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