Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Campari, "The Secret"

Thanks to Toby for the link to this *facinating* commercial.

Campari group, beverage company that is responsible for dozens of brands, including Skyy Vodka, hired "Radical Media" and the result was an awards winning advertizement that capitalizes on the excitement and titilation of "gender bending". Oh, if only all the coming out moments were like this.

Oh, and if you recognize the music, yep, it's from the orgy scenes in Eyes Wide Shut.

See the video

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Alternatives to the stereotypes

Today on pg. 19, Daily News, "Transsexual flipped over will sez mom" (sic) is another stupid article that portrays trans people as criminal derelicts.

However there are alternatives, and people working to change that sterotype with the mainstream. Last night I had the pleasure of meeting Sofia Quintero (who also goes as pen name Black Artemis), author of the currently released chica novel, Divas Don't Yield. Quintero was is the subject of the current Gothamist interview, where she mentioned having a trans character in her next book.

When I asked her about the portrayal of her trans character, she said the most risky for her audience is that, "she is the most healthy, happy, normal character in the book." Quintero is an artist and activist who reaches a large audience, and someone to put on your map of allies.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Monday, March 27, 2006

Crossdressing is Funnier When it Involves Child Abduction!

From my homestate, where else? I love that the headline accuses her of crossdressing and not kidnapping...

Mother accused of impersonating kids' father
Mar. 27, 2006. 12:32 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A woman accused of abducting her two young children from their father, then dressing like a man so she could assume his identity, agreed Monday to return to Arizona where she faces kidnapping charges, authorities said.
Shellie White, 30, was taken into custody Friday in Roanoke Rapids, where police said she and a woman lived together as the children’s father and mother.

The arrest came more than two years after White was charged with custodial interference in the children’s disappearance, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Her ex-husband, Ernest Karnes, had custody of the children at the time and learned Friday that they had been found.

“The first thing that came out of his mouth was, ‘Did they get my kids, too? Are my kids OK?’” Gila County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Det. Johnny Holmes said Monday.

The U.S. Marshals Service, in a news release, said White “radically changed her appearance to that of a man and assumed many aliases,” including her ex-husband’s.

“She even went so far as to tell her children, aged three and five at the time, that she was their father,” the marshals service said. “When she was arrested, the children, now aged six and eight, asked why they were arresting their daddy.”

White, in a telephone interview from Halifax County jail with the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald, denied any wrongdoing.

“I did not steal my children,” she said. “I have court papers saying I have custody.

“When I left Arizona in 2003, I told Ernie. He told me ‘No problem.’”

Under the terms of the divorce, Ernest Karnes had custody of the children, a boy and a girl, but his wife had visitation rights, Holmes said. He said Karnes’ wife could take the children to Tucson when she lived there, but neither parent could leave the state with them without the other’s permission.
certified translation
White signed a waiver of extradition on the fugitive warrant Monday, said Leslie Faithful, the assistant clerk of courts in Halifax County.

Holmes said that after charging White with custodial interference in January 2004, authorities were able to trace the children to various schools, but always came up empty.

Holmes said he was contacted about a month or two ago by a police officer in North Carolina who had received a letter from Ernest Karnes, who said he believed his ex-wife was in the area. Karnes contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children earlier this month.

Karnes told WRAL-TV the break came when a bill collector led detectives to the home in Roanoke Rapids, about 135 kilometres northeast of Raleigh.

He and his current wife flew to North Carolina on Sunday to seek custody of the children from Halifax County authorities. They hoped to see the children Monday and take them back to Arizona, WRAL reported.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Scent of a Person

Gender-free fragrances allow the nose free rein.
Published: March 23, 2006
WHEN it comes to fragrance, Trevor Mitchell is an equal opportunity sampler. Mr. Mitchell, a professional tenor, is not averse to a spritz of citrus or musk now and then. But neither is he shy or furtive about misting himself with essence of jasmine or tuberose.
Gender-free fragrances allow the nose free rein.
Not everyone shares his evenhanded approach. Mr. Mitchell is an ardent fan of an effusive rose scent by Creed called Fleurs de Bulgarie. The first time he bought it, he recalled, "the people at the fragrance counter just assumed I was buying it for someone else."
He chafes at such typecasting. "I decided a long time ago I would buy and wear what I like to smell," he said. "It has nothing to do with gender, sexuality or any of that."
Mr. Mitchell is a member of a small but influential (and sometimes persnickety) clan, fragrance lovers — youthful, sophisticated, affluent and, increasingly, male — who thumb a nose at artificial gender distinctions. They are men bored by the industry's conventional interpretation of manhood as a blast of lime, leather or musk. They are women who prowl men's fragrance counters when shopping for a scent, heading without bias where their noses lead them. Increasingly they gravitate to scents and brands that are blended, positioned and marketed without regard to sex.
"We're finding that when it comes to fragrance, old sensibilities and tastes are breaking down," said Lucy Perdomo-Ruehlemann, the vice president for global marketing for Jo Malone, the British fragrance house. Today industry insiders recognize that to more and more customers, buying fragrance by gender is a notion as quaint as gaiters.
To embrace those consumers, Jo Malone, and houses like Fresh, Creed and Bond No. 9, are simply sidestepping the issue of sex altogether, letting the customer decide what is appropriate. A few of these brands are claiming their own store real estate, a neutral environment set apart from the men's or women's fragrance counters.
They also avoid being typecast by offering neutral packaging: bottles and labels that look as though they might contain premium vodkas. Neither stereotypically masculine nor feminine, their notes are unexpected, often sharp or crisp and darkly sensuous at the same time, as in a blend of mandarin spiked with nutmeg and softened with vanilla or musk.
Gender-neutral fragrances appeal to Austin Cohen, a real estate investor in his 20's who likes to douse himself with Bleecker Street from Bond No. 9. "Basically my rule is don't wear something you'll smell on a lot of people," Mr. Cohen said.
Bleecker Street may have a conventionally feminine aura, redolent of violet leaf, jasmine and vanilla, but it passes his sniff test as a preferable alternative to sprays mass-marketed to young men. "I don't want to show up at the party in Drakkar or Obsession, something that I wore in puberty," he said.
For similar reasons Elizabeth Lawton has backed away from pronouncedly feminine scents, heady floral or powdery notes, which she regards as dated.
"I love to wear something quite natural with a citrus base," said Ms. Lawton, 27, a writer. "Men love it. It's not cloying, and it doesn't remind them of their Great Aunt Lily or marzipan."
Perfumers are betting that even the most tradition minded shoppers will not be put off by scents with neutral-sounding names like Jo Malone Lime Basil Mandarin or Pomegranate Noir, the fragrance world equivalent of Chris or Leslie. They appeal pretty much to both sexes, Ms. Perdomo-Ruehlemann said. So do L'Eau d'Hiver, Musc Ravageur and Bigarade (made by Éditions Frédéric Malle); Silver Mountain Water and Impériale Millésime (Creed); Premier Figuier and Thé Pour un Été (L'Artisan Parfumeur); and L'Eau d'Orange Verte (Hermès).
Bleecker Street, Wall Street and Little Italy, gender-free offerings from Bond No. 9, also appeal to all, said Laurice Rahmé, the impresario behind them, and account for about 50 percent of its sales. Ms. Rahmé argues that to her customers, separating perfumes by sex makes no more sense than doing so with food or wine. "Those pleasures, too, are genderless," she said.

Monday, March 20, 2006

TSG highlights cross-dresser

It's hard to say much about this report. The Smoking Gun has posted a mug shot and police report for a person charged with public indecency for pleasuring himself at the local library. The reason that TSG finds the case notable is that this man was wearing a dress, heels, make-up and a wig.

It is the main story on the site today.