GenderBlender

Sep 28

TURN A GUNDAM

I wanna talk about Turn A Gundam and Loran Cehack. Turn A Gundam is about a war between a industrial period style post-apocalyptic Earth and a high-tech force of re-colonizers from the moon. In the middle of it, is a scout from the moon, Loran Cehack who lived on the Earth for three years and finds himself in the title vehicle protecting the Earth troops.

Obviously because of the kind of blog this is you gotta address

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Lara Rolla. In Turn A Gundam, the protagonist is instructed by the military to disguise himself as a woman in an alleged effort to confuse his enemies. His reaction is.

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Preeettty casual. No big anime takes, no jumping back three feet with his mouth gasping open. And, when it’s called into question why he’d go along with it

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His concern is generally not with himself or protecting his fragile masculinity, but how he can be of use to others and maintain peace between the forces involved. That’s not to assume the character’s gender identity or sexuality either.

This show’s romance, while a presence, takes a backseat to the war stories. At the very least he seems comfortable enough with his own femininity. He’s not adverse to wearing a dress, and in early episodes occasionally doesn’t bother to correct people when they gender him female while he’s traveling with groups of women.

He seems to be female attracted, whatever orientation he is, as Loran is very conscious of women’s bodies when in compromising situations and both of what you could call his love interests are female.

He also makes use of his convenient female identity when it helps him get what he wants from his opponents or let’s him make peace.

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But, corrects people from Earth he deals with on a regular basis.

But, aside from the obvious, Loran embodies a lot of traits seen as feminine. In a giant robot anime, where everything often boils down to battles of manly wills, he’s a character that’s often servile. He works as a chauffeur to a rich family, he’s loyal to the moon’s royalty to the point of fault, he lets the military leaders push him around, consistently get his name wrong and talk him into wearing the above mentioned dresses.

In fact both his romantic subplots are less sexual and more his respect and desire to serve.

Loran, unlike many hot blooded robot pilots is polite, contemplative and eager to please everyone he comes across. It’s even exploited to the point where learning to stand up for himself while not becoming mean is a character arc.

Also, he’s not jaded or cynical. Loran stays optimistic and kind-hearted through the entire course of what could be considered two wars. Loran is a pacifist in addition, going out of his way to preserve life no matter what side it’s on and only using lethal force to prevent catastrophe.

In this anime, it’s his stereotypically feminine qualities, his desire to be useful, his observance of people’s rights to live and his strong idealism and peacefulness that make him an ideal pilot of the signature robot, as it’s consistently shown that the macho military forces from both sides would use it to dominate the other and create a disaster with it’s ridiculous firepower.

And, it’s nice to see a character like that in a genre and show that are often specifically about angry guys trying to outmatch each other with escalating firepower.

Sep 18

teased-n-denied:

Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short, wear shirts and boots. ‘Cause it’s OK to be a boy. But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading. ‘Cause you think that being a girl is degrading. But secretly, you’d love to know what it’s like… Wouldn’t you? What it feels like for a girl.

— Charlotte Gainsbourg

A company in Australia by the name of HommeMystere started making lingerie for men in April of 2013. In the beginning, they received a lot of negative publicity, mostly from women fearing their boyfriends or husbands would start wearing lingerie. So much for femininism… Now, they have consistently been making a small fortune and have become quite popular in the fashion capitals of the world. So far:

  • They have made two appearances at the International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas.
  • They have gone public in the United States, France, Sweden, and Japan.
  • They have sold out of four lines of their clothing.
  • And they have reached one million veiws on their YouTube channel.

What is more, because they do not focus on the gay community, they haven’t put any barriers up against straight men who happen to make up the majority of their orders. If that is not success, I do not know what is. Cheers, HommeMystere.

Sep 17

So You Can Fuck Us, What’s Next? // Going Beyond Sex With Trans Women | Viva La Luna →

la-lobalita:

Sister Luna preachin’ that gospel truth!

Sep 17

transfriendly jobs

babybutta:

equiuszahhak:

 i’ve been doing research about jobs/companies that are accepting of trans and the like since i’m going job hunting again next month, and i found this list, which lists trans-friendly businesses. it links to this page, a directory for employers.

tagging so people can see it, i figured this might come in handy for some people!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

Sep 15

midwestgenderqueer:

ryansallans:

While working on a presentation on Working with LGBTQ youth for teachers I found this new campaign - Gender Is Not Uniform. 

Here is a note from the creator: “For me and my friends growing up, being told things like ‘you have to wear this because that’s what boys wear” or “dresses are for not for your body type” was frustrating and a pretty bad time.??

The bottom line for me is, if someone feels happier and more comfortable in a particular ‘type’ of uniform, then that’s something that should be encouraged, not punished. Students have enough to focus on at school, having to fight to be yourself shouldn’t be added to that.”

These kids are so frickin cute!!

Sep 09
outforhealth:

A children’s book about Jazz, a trans girl.
Sep 09
18mr:

Badass Trans Women You Should Know: Cecilia Chung.
Cecilia Chung is a senior advisor to the Transgender Law Center, a San Francisco City Health Commissioner, and a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She was honored last night by the California State Assembly as one of its Women of the Year for her tireless advocacy for trans women’s health access.
Congrats Cecilia!

18mr:

Badass Trans Women You Should Know: Cecilia Chung.

Cecilia Chung is a senior advisor to the Transgender Law Center, a San Francisco City Health Commissioner, and a member of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She was honored last night by the California State Assembly as one of its Women of the Year for her tireless advocacy for trans women’s health access.

Congrats Cecilia!

Sep 02

Mount Holyoke College made history today and opened its gates to all trans women regardless of gender documentation.

smith-q-and-a:

Smith, it’s time to do the right thing. 

Read Mount Holyoke’s statement here. 

Aug 25

Trans-Uterus - on trans women being able to carry children →

tipsfortransfolks:

The recent CBS story regarding nine Swedish women who received uterus transplants undoubtedly caught the attention of transgender women throughout the world. Anyone, with even the slightest awareness of the advancement of medical science, understands that eventually there will be few things left in the realm of impossible. The idea that a transgender woman will one day be able to carry a child in her womb is no longer just an idea. It is a reality of the future.

Aug 23
sugaryumyum:

Argentina: doing it right. After passing a groundbreaking gender identity law on Wednesday, Argentina, which became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, now leads the entire world when it comes to trans rights.
The new law, which was passed by 55-0 and is expected to be signed by president Cristina Fernandez, grants trans people the right to legally change their gender identity without having to get approval from doctors or judges–and, importantly, without having to change their bodies at all first. Not having a valid ID that matches your gender identity is a huge barrier to access to education, employment, health care, you name it. As Kalym Sori, an Argentinian trans man said, “This is why the law of identity is so important. It opens the door to the rest of our rights.”

sugaryumyum:

Argentina: doing it right. After passing a groundbreaking gender identity law on Wednesday, Argentina, which became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, now leads the entire world when it comes to trans rights.

The new law, which was passed by 55-0 and is expected to be signed by president Cristina Fernandez, grants trans people the right to legally change their gender identity without having to get approval from doctors or judges–and, importantly, without having to change their bodies at all first. Not having a valid ID that matches your gender identity is a huge barrier to access to education, employment, health care, you name it. As Kalym Sori, an Argentinian trans man said, “This is why the law of identity is so important. It opens the door to the rest of our rights.”