Gender astride the Channel

When you meet someone in the street in a French-speaking country, it is polite to address the person by saying “Bonjour Monsieur” or “Bonjour Madame”. This entails two things. Firstly, you need to identify whether it is a man or a woman.… Read more

What’s in a name?

The then Kate Tempest performing in Geneva.

As a novel writer, people’s names are important. A character called Imogen is hardly likely to react the same way as one called Lucie. Just say the two names out loud. The different sounds immediately conjure up contrasting traits.… Read more

Pretty boys, handsome girls

Calling transgender those who dress as girls but remain attached to being a boy – albeit a girly boy – might be misleading. Dressing as a girl for the clothes and the feelings they procure is quite different from donning the clothes that are rightfully yours as transgender.Read more

The inseparable pair

woman-man

“When I look at a girl, all the girl’s in the choir, for example, what strikes me is that being a girl comes natural to them. They don’t have to think about it. It’s what they are. If I were a girl like them there would be nothing special in dressing or acting as one.Read more

Boy dressed in girls’ clothes

Dressing as a girl while remaining attached to being a boy is not the same as being convinced you are a girl. What role do girl’s clothes play in this complex flirt with femininity?

Boy dressed in girls' clothes
Alexander, Aonyan, Aubrey, Bell, Boris, Cameron, Camila, Charlie, Daniella, Ella, Elle, Ellery, Jenny, Kim, Lawrence, Lily, Mishel, Nong Poy, Saphire, Stav, Vincent, Yue Yue, Yuki, and many more.
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Ambiguity on Pinterest

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Ella from Becoming Ella

As part of preparation for my novel Boy & Girl I collected photos related to gender ambiguity on a Pinterest board (*). It was not easy to find suitable material. For some reason, many males who dress as females feel a need to exhibit their masculinity in a way that is not suitable for the wider audience.… Read more