Sunday, February 24, 2008

Gender Bending, Blending, Rending

Last night, for a friend's birthday, we went to AsiaSF, a club and restaurant that features what they call "gender illusionists."

Yes, the women in this photo are "gender illusionists," but I don't think the men are.

Actually, I take that back. Everyone is a gender illusionist. Cut your hair short and wear a suit, and no matter what's beneath that suit you are a male impressionist.

Last night's adventure is a reminder that "female" and "male" are costumes we wear.

As Gloria Steinem once said, "All women are female impressionists."

I'd add that all people are gender impressionists of one sort or another.


Collin Kelley said...

Definitely a costume.

Lisa Nanette Allender said...

I miss the old days...There used to be a club called "Illusions" on Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta, way way back in the day. The Pre-Ru Paul(say, 1983-1984) days...Once "Weekends"(in the same vicinity) opened,it was Ru-Paul, all the time. And Ru was great, but I missed some of the variety you would see at "Illusions"...Later(1990's)"Charlie Brown's Cabaret, at Backstreet" was the place to be......