Chances Dances: Summoning a New Queer Reality
MCA First Fridays
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Dec 6, 2013
Andrew Eccles Photography
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs/Sleeping Beauty
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
love this 😍
This Is Awesome…
Always see “real women” posts so here’s one for the dudes.
this says so much. I wish there were more posts like this. please.
body positivity and realistic body standards are important for guys too!
Men are constantly reassured that it’s okay to oogle women and harrass them about their looks. Women rarely see sexualized images of men that are made for women.
Guys get eye candy everywhere they go. Their sexual gaze is constantly catered to. Women, at least hetero women, are rarely given the opportunity to have their sexual interest entertained. We’re told that we should be okay with having nothing to look at. That our fantasies don’t matter. That we shouldn’t ever even remotely expect to be able to eyeball a svelte man in public, only behind closed doors and heaven forbid that the man look vulnerable. So we finally get to see images that turn us on and people are like, “Hey, you can’t put that in magazines! that might hurt some little boy’s feelings!”
Men are given alternative physical images to aspire to. Women are not.
While yes, guys should be treated to body positivity too… they already are. Just watch TV or any comedy and count the number of pudgy, out of shape, male leads vs pudgy, out of shape female leads. Or the number of hairy, overweight, older men making block buster movies vs the number of hairy, overweight, older women. Now count how many times that male character has some incredibly smart, sexy wife who does everything for him. And then how many times she’s the butt of the joke when he gets hot for some woman who’s younger and thinner than she is.
Fuck, just look at the responses to women not shaving their legs vs the responses to guys not shaving off their stubble.
Name six movies about a woman above the age of forty who’s love interest is a man that’s younger than she is where the plot doesn’t revolve around her being the butt of a cougar or mom joke. Now name me six where a man over the age of forty’s love interest is a woman who’s significantly younger than he is. Bonus points for action movies where anyone in the movie makes a mention of the age difference.
How many times are male politician or CEO’s body or style of dress put into question? How many times are female’s? Or has everyone forgotten how we flip out when the president’s wife gets a new hair cut? Or how Hillary Clinton had to have a FUCKING MAKE OVER before the news agencies took her seriously? How many times was her daughter raked over the coals for looking like an average teenager?
What’s more, I’ve never heard any of my female friends or my mother and her female friends saying, “Why can’t my 50 year old husband get a six pack like that?” What I USUALLY here is “I wish my husband would get a nice hair cut.” or “I wish he’d wear some nicer clothes that actually fit him.”
But what i hear overhear men saying all time is, “No fat chicks!” or “I wish my wife had bigger boobs.”
I know a woman who’s husband threatened to leave her if she didn’t get a face lift and a boob job- she was so upset that she did it. She felt disgusting every day because she wasn’t a size six and he expected her to be a size six after bearing him four kids. My own uncle said if his wife got overweight that he’d drag her behind a car until she lost weight. These aren’t even “bad guys”! They seem like perfectly nice men when you meet them! But they’re taught from the moment they’re kids that all women need to be a certain body type to be worthy of any attention.
Men are told through our culture’s stories and media that a woman will still love them unconditionally and throw themselves at them if they’re fat, old, balding, or an asshole, while women are told that if they’re pushy, fat, old or wearing out of style clothes that they aren’t even worth mentioning.
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Known as the Queen of Boylesque and Vaudezilla’s hairy-chested heartthrob, I am a burlesque artist based in Chicago Illinois, USA. Trained in flamenco dance, costume design, theatrical improvisation, art therapy, and queer theory, I create and choreograph skits and routines that entertain and demand space for queer expression and aesthetics. Each of my acts complicates societal expectations of race and gender normativity and performance by playfully adapting ethnic stereotypes such as the Lover, the Bull/Bullfighter, and the expectations for a male body and subverting them for my audiences. Burlesque festivals and comrades around the country allow me to travel, teach and learn new skills, and expand a queer aesthetic and ideology through dance, movement, and strip-tease. As an instructor of the burlesque arts, I teach people of all genders and sizes and with Vaudezilla Productions and Burlesque, provide the opportunity for students to perform and foster a body-positive paradigm for living. www.vaudezilla.com www.misterjunior.com
Mister Junior is one of the many gifts the burlesque gods have blessed me with. A constant source of light, inspiration, and love. The companionship that we share is so valuable the word friend seems cheap. I am confident I don’t stand alone when I say my life has been changed for the better because I know them.
Mister Junior (Alby), you are my comrade, my brother, and I am grateful for the light you shine on this world.
I love you.
i love you :)
Performing at Dyke March on Saturday left me feeling as if I had bathed in a pool of joy. It was my first experience of Pride were I felt surrounded by family.
It was my first time performing my newest act, “Po’s Bush”, and sincerely experiencing the happiness that piece requires. So much so…
My looks over the last couple weeks. I have other looks coming up, but these were appropriate for the recent events.
Can I take this moment to say how proud I am and how far I’ve come as a brown asian? Sure, we’ve seen Filipino queens like Manila Luzon and Vivienne Pinay, but those girls are of the “fair skin” sort. In addition, they have pointy noses and lovely features. I have none of that - I’m brown and have a flat face. Those girls would be guaranteed to get work in the Philippines because their look is already sellable.
I am brown, tattooed and have flat features, but that doesn’t stop me from ranking right up there with the rest of the pretty girls ;)
Tired of seeing this post on my dash. OP is a photographer who uses yellowface, brownface,and blackface in shoots. They’ve done “chola” themed ones, if you look at their main page they’re in yellow face right there with a rice hat.
I’m surprised you didn’t bring up the fact that I’m a cisgendered male who dresses up like a woman…
BECAUSE THAT’S TOTALLY RELEVANT, RIGHT?
Apparently my birth race is relevant, so why not my birth gender? If you’re going to say I’m wrong for portraying races I’m not, then why not the genders I am not? Where does the intolerance end and where does it begin?
The fact that you’re a cisgendered male who dresses up like a woman is already accounted for by the fact that you do drag (which admittedly has its own set of problematics). That’s the convention of the art form - men who dress like women. But the yellowface, brownface, and redface portrayed in some of your photo series is harder to account for, and I don’t believe you’ve done a good job explaining your intention beyond the requisite comments of “paying tribute” to those cultures, or saying “this is my theater and I can be whoever I want to be.” I think there needs to be a more involved critical discussion about your use of appropriating other cultures. Just because you are a marginalized body does not mean you automatically have a free pass to appropriate other marginalized cultures.
As someone who is also a brown Asian with flat features and who does similar work about gender ambiguity and racial dynamics, I think about these issues a lot, and am constantly shifting my own views and explanations for my burlesque, queer drag acts, or performance art as Jerry Blossom. As artists, that’s part of our job, to continue engaging in dialogue. As socially-conscious humans, it’s also important to own up to our own mis-steps, and I have not seen any self-critique about your yellowface/brownface/redface work.
On your page you say “leave your opinions at the door” of your theater. Unfortunately, the work you make has a larger reach than yourself. And it makes it not only about your desire to be anyone, but also about the people that you are portraying and stereotyping. This is what angers people, and makes other artists and viewers uncomfortable, the lack of self-accountability. Because the work has reached a mass appeal, it’s obviously not just about you anymore, and I think that’s a responsibility you’ll have to handle with care. Dismissing critique as people hating on you is not productive for anyone besides your ego. And if this is all about your ego, then maybe just say so.
"Dismissing critique as people hating on you is not productive for anyone besides your ego. And if this is all about your ego, then maybe just say so. "
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