Tag » gender performance
The other day, my six-year-old cousin was telling me about how she's decided that her new favorite Disney princess is none other than Mulan. "Is it because she's brave and strong?" we asked. "Um, nooo. It's because she gets to be half-boy, half-girl." Some of the people in the room tried to explain that she's a woman who dressed up as a man, but my cousin shot back, "But then she could be a boy, right?" And my Judith Butler-loving heart swelled with pride. The ... Read More
I first saw Mykki Blanco perform in a grimy warehouse in Providence, Rhode Island. I was bone-tired after a week of grueling exams, and the only reason I was at the concert at all was because my friend dragged me to the performance, claiming I just had to see this. The venue was cramped, hot, and sweaty, and I almost felt myself regretting the decision until Mykki entered the room like a crescendo. She turned us all from exhausted students into her enthusiastic, ... Read More
 The American Girl doll is a strange cultural icon of ours. They simultaneously encourage self-love and individuality -- as well as the getting-one-because-everyone-has-one mindset of the herd. They're designed to look like a "real" 9-year-old girl, and aren't disproportionate molds of an unreachable beauty ideal like Barbie -- but they also cost hundreds of dollars more with all of their accessories, making them a conspicuous marker of economic status. (Or, ... Read More