Happy Friday! I’m back and ready to start posting more regularly again. Thanks to Alan Scott for his willingness to step in and write so much in the past couple of weeks.
It’s been a good Friday so far. The U.S. Women’s National Team took the gold in yesterday’s soccer match with Japan. I guess they weren’t satisfied with taking the hearts of baby queermos everywhere.
If you shipped same-sex Disney pairings as a child (guilty as charged), this Rodolfo Loaiza gallery pairing characters like Belle and Jasmine will make you happy. Check it out on Buzzfeed.
We’re big comics fans here at QueerPHC. I’m obviously partial to Batwoman (if you like comics and haven’t read Batwoman: Elegy, stop everything you are doing and read it now), but I also faithfully read each new issue of Batgirl every month. At ComicBookBin, J. Skyler makes the case for Batgirl being a prominent gay and feminist icon in comics. A few excerpts here:
I am a transgender woman, meaning that I am a genetic male (xy) whose gender identity or self-perceived sense of self is female. Since I have not chosen to undergo sex reassignment surgery (transsexual is a medical term indicating whether an individual is in the pre-operative or post-operative stage of SRS, whereas transgender is used to describe gender identity regardless of one’s surgical status) and since I am exclusively attracted to men, it’s natural to look at me and assume I am simply a gay male…. As a child, I was aware of the fact that I saw myself as a girl at age 4. I knew I was different from other children, even though I didn’t understand why at the time. I modeled myself after women I loved, my mother first and foremost. Being a fanatical lover of animation, fantasy and superheroes, fictional characters were some of my earliest role models and continue to be to this day. I remember being 5 or 6 years old flipping through the channels and coming across the opening credits of the 1960s Batman television series…. Just as I was about to turn the channel, Batgirl swung across the screen on the line of her grappling hook, kicking a villain in the chest….From that day forward, Batgirl was a model of femininity, intelligence and righteous fury that continues to drive me.
This Autostraddle article (and accompanying documentary short) on how gender identity and presentation affect one’s personal style is my new favorite thing in the history of things. The documentary is called “gender, bespoke.”
I’m a big believer in the sort of mantra of like, all gender is drag, so I definitely think of getting dressed as a drag performance.
– gender, bespoke
As someone who is genderqueer but who is nearly always read as female, this documentary really resonated with me. My clothing can be a source of great stress or great comfort to me. It’s a constant balancing act between representing who and what I feel like that day, and sometimes having to meet social expectations for what I should wear in a given situation. As a working professional, I try to make compromises between my personal identity and professional appearance. Gender, for me, is a fluid thing. Sometimes I feel masculine. Sometimes I feel feminine. Sometimes I feel androgynous or gender-neutral. Sometimes I feel like a girl who feels like a boy who feels like a girl who feels like a boy. There are days where I dress to my comfort zone (generally casual and androgynous or slightly masculine-of-center) and days where I go for a more tailored or femme look, with a blazer, high heels and a pencil skirt.
Tumblr of the Week:
Because I’m still obsessing over the Women’s National Team’s gold medal win, I’m going to feature my longtime crush, Abby Wambach. The way Wambach motivates and inspires her teammates is always touching to watch.
Plus, there is this .gif, which makes me fall off my chair laughing.
Song of the Week:
I know I’m about two weeks late on this one, but Todrick Hall’s “CinderFella” is fun and worth a watch.