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rasmus
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posted 07 January 2005 03:54 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am looking for narrative visual art (comics, film, TV) that is:

-gender-bending
-pansexual/sexually liberated, i.e. escapes the straight/gay/bi paradigm, although there could be "straights" (in which I include normalized gays) in the universe of the narrative who aren't liberated yet
-not porn, ie story is not just an excuse for the sex, but sex situated as a normal part of life
-not monogamy-centric
-when sex does come up, not vanilla-centric, but also, not fetish-centric either
-not objectifying difference, but sensitive to different subjectivities
-matter-of-fact about these things
-setting or narrative could be anywhere, anytime

So far, I haven't found it. There's lots of fetish/erotic stuff, but none of that really fits. I've just got How Loathsome and a Japanese story (can't remember the name) that were recommended as fitting the bill, I haven't read them yet to comment.

Any ideas?


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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 08 January 2005 06:22 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ever read "The Invisibles" --

- clown-faced, red-haired sex goddesses
- the Marquis de Sade
- tantric sex rites that warp space-time topography
- masturbation induced spells


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rasmus
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posted 08 January 2005 11:46 AM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No, but I'll try it. Did you like it?

I finished how loathsome (click on the "characters" page -- I chuckled over the "Nick expires on my bed, along with the last vestige of my heterosexuality"). It didn't quite fit the bill, and it was too high on ennui for my liking, but it scored high on the gender-bending, and high enough on disrupting the gay/straight orientation paradigm. I would definitely recommend it to some people.

Now I'm going to read "Horror Hospital Unplugged", based on someone else's recommendation as fitting the bill - but it doesn't really, it seems quite gay-centric. It seems good enough, though.

I guess if I were adding anything to my list of desiderata I'd add "not body fascist" but is this anywhere in comics? For example, "how loathsome", while quite progressive in many respects, was still pretty body fascist.


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oldgoat
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posted 08 January 2005 12:46 PM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just checked my son's room, but nothing quite fit your parameters. I'll ask around at work. We have a notice board.
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rasmus
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posted 08 January 2005 04:50 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have some stuff I could lend him if you're interested.

In my searches, I'm coming up with other neat stuff. For example, today I was told about the comic strip Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist. It looks fucking hilarious.

http://www.hotheadpaisan.com/
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1573440841?v=glance


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rasmus
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posted 08 January 2005 05:09 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
In the realm of porn, I was also pointed to Christopher Lee, a trans director who makes porn for trans people.


http://www.glbtq.com/arts/porn_transsexual.html

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Trans Porn for Trans

In spite of the fact that the overwhelming number of transsexual pornographic video is geared to straight men, however, a small number of trans activists have in recent years begun to produce trans porn for trans and other queer audiences.

The best known of these videos is probably Alley of the Tranny Boys (1998). Directed by Christopher Lee, it was the first transsexual pornographic video featuring female-to-male (FTM) trans performers. Lee has gone on to make Sex Flesh in Blood (1999). Both works gleefully subvert the genre that most exploits transsexuals.

Lee prides himself on showing sexual acts in his pornography that have rarely been eroticized. In Alley, he uses the aesthetics from 1970s gay male porn to promote a hardcore FTM sexuality, and transmen fuck and suck each other and biologically-born men as well, thus challenging stereotypical assumptions about what FTMs can do in bed and in public sex environments.

Other trans porn makers have employed similar strategies and have begun to change the way porn represents transsexuals. For example, Dysfunctional (Mirha-Soleil Ross, 1997) challenges assumptions that trannies should not enjoy their unaltered genitals, while Look of Love (Charles Lofton, 1996) remixes she-male porn in such an alluring way that it forces anyone watching to rethink what turns him or her on.

Lee's production staff for Sex Flesh in Blood was composed entirely of people of color. The video draws upon gothic images and mixes up trans erotics with suggestions of raunchy sex and even necrophilia.

Rather than portraying images of tranny passivity and submissiveness in the presence of biologically-born, heterosexual men, Lee forces queer audiences to see transsexuals as sexual subjects with their own desires and the power to pursue them.

Pansexual Porn (Del LaGrace Volcano, 1998) not only challenges heterosexual audiences, but also gay ones by showing FTMs with camcorders having sex with men in public sex environments.

Collectively, these directors refuse to cater to sexual orientations and gender identities that fit into binary systems. Their pornography unsettles their audiences in order to suggest a new more fluid and freer sexual construct.



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