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“I want to show that, despite stereotypes, that gay men can be masculine too.”   Throughout the last centuries, the “masculine” and “feminine” have been redefined and pasted side-by-side to form a conflicting array of possibilities. In the Victorian era, it was the male ideal to be smaller in frame and well educated; at the turn of the century, manhood became about physical strength and assertive behaviors. In the 21st century, we have the freedoms to define what “masculine” and “feminine” mean to us as individuals, and...
  You know Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, but how about Let’s Be Enemies? The charming title is a work by author Janice May Udry, and its 1961 publication marked the beginnings of illustrator Maurice Sendak’s growth into the legendary artist we know him as today.    On the pages of this delightfully angst-ridden text, we might find Sendak’s vision of James and John, two boys who have had an unfortunate falling out over a sharing incident and what appears to be an...
  “Master, I have finished preparing your order;” unfortunately, female workers at McDonald’s stores in Taiwan are encouraged to adopt this language. And as part of an annual holiday competition, McDonald’s Taiwan stores participate in an outfit-of-choice competition. A McDonald’s near Taipei Station chose to dress female employees in an anime inspired-maid outfit, complete with bows, pink frills, and thigh-high socks.     I’m all for a costume party, but this seems downright degrading, like a holiday Hooters. The costumes, however, do fall in line with Japanese maid cafe...
  At the presentation of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award to the iconic Catharine MacKinnon, a woman asked the following question: I worry about the future generation of feminists; should they really be watching Beyoncé suggestively dancing? MacKinnon gracefully responded that feminist pop culture must evolve as the patriarchy adapts, and that’s the kind of work Beyoncé engages in. The singer’s achievements and messages of female empowerment have been vast… and mostly ignored or cast aside by academia. Until now.  Kevin Allred, a Rutgers Women...
  “What is between my legs is not thoroughly who I am. If gender is black and white, I’m grey,” says Ryley Pogensky, a gender queer model participating in Barney’s New York’s new campaign. Pogensky is one of almost twenty transgender and gender queer models featured in the catalog and ad images, shot by the legendary Bruce Weber.    Each model has a story to tell, hailing from communities across the globe. Culturally, socio-economically, and even professionally—some are not professional models—they compose a richly diverse group. Dressed to...
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