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BABEWATCH: Sutan Amrull/Raja

January 25th, 2011 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

Though AMAZIAN castmate Manila Luzon will clearly be his fiercest, pretty-as-a-picture competitor, we can’t help but think that Raja–the frontrunner after last night’s Season 3 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race– has the Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent to take home the big queen prize. Raja’s got legs that never seem to end. Raja owns a catwalk like Rupert Murdoch owns people. Raja is ROWR!

And like the iconic Ru before her, Raja–otherwise known as Sutan Amrull–looks just as beautiful (if not more) as a man:

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Hooray! The Good Asian Drivers Release Debut LP: Drive Away Home

July 29th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Jen and I are longtime friends and fans of the Good Asian Drivers, an edgy, poetry-based folk duo based out of Boston. They’re an adorable pair with all of the qualities we love: gender/race/sexuality-bending politics, mad Guitar Hero skillz, a hankering for dumplings, and great taste in blogs.

At long last, the band has added a third member (guitarist Ashley Baier) and released their first studio record, Drive Away Home. The album is a delightfully strong, yet casual mishmash of earnest, vivacious, alt-acoustic songs and eclectic, chaotic spoken word tracks. Despite its loose form, the album finds solid ground in its straightforward tone and spine of honesty. Transgender slam master Kit Yan pulls no punches in his spiraling disquisitions, not even when referring to himself: “But are you a man? Or are you a woman?/And you changed your name to ‘Kit’ now, so… do you wanna be straight?/And you look like a boy now, so… you’re straight, right?/But back when you were ‘Laura,’ you were gay/As if sexuality and gender were things that you could purchase on impulse.”

Good? Yes. Asian? Totally. Wherever these cool cats are driving, we wanna go.

[Good Asian Drivers - Official site]
[Buy Drive Away Home here]

xo, Melissa and Kit!

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Thailand Says No to Castrasian

April 2nd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Speaking of gender benders, Reuters reported today that Thailand has banned castration because many aspiring-ladyboys are resorting to it for a cheap, quickie sex change instead of the standard operation that requires “rigorous physical and mental evaluation of the patient.” The photo accompanying the story was of this Thai ladyboy band (the only kind of boy band worth tolerating, in my opinion):

Which really made me regret letting my gym membership lapse and having that pizza for breakfast.

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Thanks, Jasmine!

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Dude Looks Like a Pregnant Lady

April 2nd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Y’all set your TiVos, because Thursday Oprah nabs an exclusive with pregnant man Thomas Beatie (née Tracy Lagondino) on her show. Thomas was [takes deep breath] born a woman, became a gay-rights activist, received gender reassignment surgery but kept his uterus (that’s right, his uterus), married a woman, Nancy, and decided to carry their child because his wife had an earlier hysterectomy and couldn’t conceive. Ever since this story broke last month in The Advocate, there’s been a lot of talk about it being a hoax. But if it’s on Oprah, it must be true. Here are a few predictions of what Oprah’s reactions will be to this mondo gender-bender:

Girrrrrrlllll!

“O-kay. I have to ask this because I know our Oprah Show viewers are wonderin’ the same thing–you DO have a vajayjay, right?”

“I just want people at home who might be thinking you’re a freak to know that you’re not. You are a man. I see that. A very fiiiiiiiiine man. Isn’t he cute, audience? If I wasn’t with Steadman and Gayle, you would be my perfect partner. A man and woman in one body, like a Fruit Rollup.”

“What I really want to know is…do you ever still dress like a woman? Have you ever tried on a pair of Louboutins? They’re geeeeee-nius. If you don’t feel like a woman now all knocked up and whathaveyou, you will after putting on those stilettos, girrrrrl. I mean, uh…”

“You really have a vajayjay?”

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