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Sex redefined

Sex redefined
Illustration by Jonny Wan As a clinical geneticist, Paul James is accustomed to discussing some of the most delicate issues with his patients. But in early 2010, he found himself having a particularly awkward conversation about sex. A 46-year-old pregnant woman had visited his clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia to hear the results of an amniocentesis test to screen her baby's chromosomes for abnormalities. The baby was fine — but follow-up tests had revealed something astonishing about the mother. Her body was built of cells from two individuals, probably from twin embryos that had merged in her own mother's womb. Claire Ainsworth discusses the spectrum between male and female. Sex can be much more complicated than it at first seems. When genetics is taken into consideration, the boundary between the sexes becomes even blurrier. These discoveries do not sit well in a world in which sex is still defined in binary terms. The start of sex Battle of the sexes The sex spectrum

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Lumbersexuality and Its Discontents One hundred years ago, a crisis in urban masculinity created the lumberjack aesthetic. Now it's making a comeback. The first one I met was at an inauguration party in 2009. I was in a cocktail dress. #TBT: When Cross-Dressing Was a Crime Clare Sears's book from Duke University Press, Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco, reveals in intriguing detail through research into historic law cases, police records, and show business history the many dimensions of what was considered cross-dressing in the late 19th century, and how the laws were used to define and supress transgender expression for decades. The excerpt below is © 2015 Duke University Press. At right: One of the nation’s most famous female impersonators, William Horace Lingard Gender and Illusion Given the punitive forces impinging on cross-dressing bodies in nineteenth century San Francisco, their concurrent display in entertainment venues across the city is striking.

Deadpool, explained Deadpool is getting a sequel. That's impressive, given that the movie — which is led by an actor who hasn't had a box office smash since 2009 — earned a follow-up film before it was even released, and thus before it made a single penny on American soil. On the surface, it sounds like blazing insanity on Fox's part. The Rise and Fall of Charm in American Men - Benjamin Schwarz If one were to recast The Rockford Files, as Universal Pictures is intending to do, would the Frat Pack actor Vince Vaughn seem the wisest choice to play Jim Rockford, the character James Garner inhabited with such sly intelligence and bruised suavity? Universal apparently thinks so. One can say many things about the talents of Vaughn, and were Universal embarking on a bit of polyester parody—remaking, say, Tony Rome, among the least of the neo-noirs—Vaughn’s gift for sending up low pop would be just so. But to aim low in this case is to miss the deceptive grace that Garner brought to the original, and prompts a bigger question: Whatever happened to male charm—not just our appreciation of it, or our idea of it, but the thing itself? Yes, yes, George Clooney—let’s get him out of the way.

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Amassing the World’s Largest Digital Transgender Archive Covers of 1961 and 1962 issues of ‘Letters from Female Impersonators’ (courtesy Digital Transgender Archive) From letters written by female impersonators to illustrated guides to cross-dressing, material chronicling the experiences of transgender people is currently being digitized and catalogued online. The recently launched Digital Transgender Archive is the world’s largest of its kind, dedicated to collecting and preserving the printed matter of trans history. Spearheaded by K.J. Rawson, an assistant English professor at College of the Holy Cross, the project involves over 20 international institutions and private collections, including Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library, the San Francisco Public Library’s James C.

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Gender Identity Map - IMPACT Program While we may have been taught that gender means boy or girl, man or woman, many of us realize that gender is far more of a spectrum, with many different, and related, identities and expressions! This interactive graphic provides a general “map” of gender identities and expressions that people use, with their definitions and a few examples and further links and videos. Instead of the man vs. woman binary, this map uses Masculine, Feminine, Both, and Neither to describe a spectrum of identities.

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