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Feb. 10th, 2007 | 01:04 am

http://skidmore.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2222331795

Some points of the group:

News flash everybody, GIRLS ARE STUPID!!

-Girls talk behind their "best friends" backs
-Girls randomly cry for no reason
-Girls dont hook up with other girls in front of guys enough
-Girls can't do math
-Girls are not as strong as guys
-All girls are self-conscious and insecure
-Girls can't drive
-Girls can't fix stuff on their own
-Girls diet and go to the gym but still can't stay in shape
-Girls can't pee standing up
-Girls CAN do laundry and cook (but guys could still do this better if it was their role)
-Girls lay claim to guys who don't even like them
-Girls suck at sports (see WNBA)
-Ellen DeGeneres is not funny

Just accept that you are not equals



discuss. and especially look at the wall posts.

x-posted to thebestwithinus

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Jan. 31st, 2007 | 12:24 am

First meeting with the cast tonight.

This semester is going to be AMAZING.

So...fun, intelligent, silly, open to ideas, just wonderful. I had so much fun. It is going to be such a good time.

Yyyyyyeeeeeeesssssss I win.

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Barbie promotes gender confusion?

Jan. 22nd, 2007 | 02:43 pm

http://www.cwfa.org/articles/9788/CWA/misc/

BARBIE????

you are FUCKING kidding me.

listen to the sound file, it's absurd.

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the man poem

Jan. 19th, 2007 | 04:38 pm

from www.ihatewomen.com:




THE MAN POEM

I'm glad I'm a man, you better believe.
I don't live off of yogurt, diet coke, or cottage cheese
I don't bitch to my girlfriends about the size of my breasts.
I can get where I want to north, south, east or west.

I don't get wasted after only 2 beers,
and when I do drink I don't end up in tears.
I won't spend hours deciding what to wear.
I spend 5 minutes max fixing my hair.

I don't go around checking my reflection
in everything shiny from every direction.
I don't whine in public and make us leave early,
and when you ask why get all bitter and snurly.

I'm glad I'm a man, I'm so glad I could sing.
I don't have to sit around waiting for that ring.
I don't gossip about friends or stab them in the back.
I don't carry our differences into the sack.

I'll never go psycho and threaten to kill you
or think every guy out there's trying to lay you.
I'm rational, reasonable, logical too.
I know what the time is and know what to do.

and I honestly think its a privilege for me
to have these two balls and stand when I pee.
I live to watch sports and play all sorts of ball.
It's more fun than dealing with women after all.

I won't cry if you say it's not going to work.
I won't remain bitter and call you a jerk.
Feel free to use me for immediate pleasure.
I won't assume it's permanent by any measure.

Yes, I'm so very glad I'm a man, you see,
I'm glad I'm not capable of child delivery.
I don't get all bitchy every 28 days.
I'm glad that my gender gets me a much bigger raise.

I'm a man by chance, and I'm thankful it's true.
I'm so glad I'm a man, and not a woman like you!



thoughts? about both the website and the poem?

x-posted to thebestwithinus

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Jan. 7th, 2007 | 10:11 pm

http://www.rossde.com/editorials/childrenofgays.html

bam. proof that kids raised by gays don't come out any worse whatsoever. stick that in your pipe and smoke it, homophobes.




so maybe this would be clique-y and obnoxious, but I don't care.

I want my cast to have t-shirts.

on the front it would say: GENDER
on the back it would say: FUCKER

and they would wear them for the opening of the show and it would be amazing.

also: have been thinking about the posters. I want to have 3 or 4 different posters, kind of like we did for 18 to 21. each one would be of 3-4 of the cast members, in costume, in all their gender-fucking glory, each holding up a sign with one word of the title on it (but incorporating different levels and stuff, not all just in a line). and THEN I thought, what if we did a whole genderfuck photo shoot with the cast and made a Case Gallery exhibit out of it? so I emailed Maggie to ask her if she was interested in taking photos for me, and she said sure. I think that, if it works out, it will be awesome-amazing. potentially a lot of work but if we schedule it far enough in advance, it'll work.

I need to figure out exactly what I'm doing for callbacks. grumble. I DO know that the "1, 2, 3, 4, gesture, gesture, gesture, gesture, FREEZE, 2, 3, 4, walk, 6, 7, 8" exercise of Josh Chambers fame will be a part of it. but doing it as different gendered stereotypes: first the men as men and women as women, and then with men as women and women as men. also have some sides I can use that may or may not even be used in the final show. beyond that, though, I reeeeeeally need to figure out stuff for each individual stereotype. particularly "Tranny," "Chauvinist Pig" and "Fence-Sitter."

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potential interview questions...what else can/should I ask?

Jan. 2nd, 2007 | 07:02 pm

1. What is “feminine” to you?

2. What is “masculine” to you?

3. Do you consider yourself “masculine,” “feminine,” “androgynous,” or some combination/none of the above? In what ways do you manifest this?

4. How do you think other people perceive you in relation to masculinity and/or femininity?

5. How would your life have been different if you had been born a different sex? How would people have treated you differently? What would have remained unchanged? What opportunities would you have had, or not had?

6. Has there been a time when you tried on a different identity – what was that like?

7. What would you do if you woke up tomorrow and you were a different sex?

8. Do you think that men and women are fundamentally different, or essentially the same? Are differences between the sexes innate (“nature”) or learned (“nurture”)?

9. Imagine a world in which women live in a society with only women and men live in a society with only men. (Imagine there are no in-betweens, boths, neithers, etc.) Women do not even know that men exist, nor do men know that women exist. People procreate via test tube babies. What do you think this world would be like? What would be the effect of one not having any concept of the other and vice versa? Would women have any concept of themselves as women, or men as men, with nothing to contrast it to? Would people separate themselves into groups/categories according to something else? How would women interact with only women and men with only men?

10. What are some stereotypes about men? How are they formed? Who comes up with them? How are they perpetuated? Is there any truth to them?
o About women?
o How do these stereotypes change when you throw sexual orientation into the picture?
o About transgender people?

11. Do you think there is any truth to the stereotype that women are more in touch with their emotions? If so, why do you think this is? How do you think this stereotype came about?

12. What are some societal “taboos” for men and women? Things men “can’t” do because they’re men or women “can’t” do because they’re women?

13. Where does sexism come from? Why does it continue to exist? In what forms is it manifested?

14. What prevents people of different genders from relating to each other?

15. How does the desire for, or possibility of, sex and romance change interactions between men and women?

16. In a perfect world, how would men, women, and everything in between interact with each other?


DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS? WHY?

o Men and women are fundamentally the same and should be treated exactly the same.
o It is possible to meet people and not notice and/or ascribe a gender to them.
o Boys are naturally more aggressive than girls.
o Gender difference is an outcome of gender inequality.
o Sexual orientation is genetically determined at or before birth.
o Gender is “fake” – it is a context and time dependent performance.
o Gender is largely determined by a person’s physical anatomy and hormones.
o Gender is fluid and malleable.
o Gender is a combination of nature and nurture.
o Sex and gender are inseparable concepts.
o Gender is socially determined and cannot exist outside of social interaction
o Gender is rooted in our psyche.
o Children are born gender neutral and learn sex roles early in life.

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from teacher's guides to "I Am My Own Wife"

Dec. 31st, 2006 | 11:43 am

How do we identify ourselves?
Why do we identify ourselves in those ways?
Is it important that we define certain things about ourselves? If it is important, according to whom?
Why does someone's sexual orientation matter to others? Or does it?
Has there been a time when you tried on a different identity – what was that like?
Why do people react more intensely to hearing that someone is gay rather than they are Christian, for example?
What are stereotypes? How are they formed? Who comes up with them? How are they perpetuated?

along with a bunch of other good stuff... http://www.goodmantheatre.org/_pdfs/teacherguide_wife.pdf


IDENTITY

First, list who you are physically.
What do you look like?
Then, describe your ethnicity, heritage, color, religion, gender, nationality, your job, and your family roles.

Second, make a list of words that describe your personality.
List adjectives to express what kind of person you are.
Also answer the following questions:What do you like to do?
What are your hobbies?
What are your favorite foods, musicians, or television shows?

Finally, make a list of the things that you believe in personally.
List anything that is important to you in your life.
This can be anything from your religious beliefs and issues at your school that you have an opinion about, to global issues such as the war with Iraq, and everything in between.

Now take a look at all three of those lists. Which one do you think describes you best? Why?

(from http://www.pcs.org/_images/study_guides/2006_07/IamMyOwnWifeGuide.pdf)



have discovered that Skidmore has a copy of I Am My Own Wife. I win.

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Dec. 30th, 2006 | 11:46 pm

want to include an excerpt from I Am My Own Wife but cannot figure out a means of acquiring the script without paying for it. have looked at numerous script-downloading sites with no success. any suggestions would be welcome.

am basically stuck on the whole transwoman idea. basically, I want a transwoman to be a presence in the play but have no idea what to do with her. this would be another plea for suggestions. I thought I Am My Own Wife might have something but seeing as I can't get it, that's not much help. I really wanted the description of Charlotte in which he describes her as "not looking like a drag queen," and Charlotte's story of discovering the book that teaches her that sometimes, women are born into men's bodies.

am also looking for a means of acquiring that song from Better Than Chocolate, "I'm Not a Fucking Drag Queen," without paying for it. if anyone has it and would be willing to let me steal it, I'd be much obliged.

must see TransAmerica. perhaps that will inspire me.

(also, I LOVE that every time livejournal emails me, it addresses me: "Hi genderf_ck.")

am torn between the idea of having a "central" character--someone less defined who can therefore be more open to what they experience from other people, and making the play that character's "journey" (though not their story per se)--or, simply letting the audience be that character who is going on the journey. part of me feels as though the former could give it some much-needed structure, perhaps?

also: how do you incorporate statistics into a theatre piece without making it clunky and preachy? there is virtually NO EVIDENCE that children of gay parents turn out any less mentally sound than children of straight parents; in fact, children of gay parents have slightly fewer mental health problems than those of straight parents, and are less confined by gender roles--more willing to play with members of both sexes, for instance--than those of straight parents. how does one incorporate this in a theatrical way gracefully? simply showing one healthy child of a gay couple won't work; the fact that studies of numerous children have shown this is the important thing. there is a "TV newscast" segment at the beginning, perhaps I could include it there... "This just in: A new study has shown that blah blah blah." maybe.

another concern is how to switch back and forth between a crazy-surreal, music video type of world, and a more down-to-earth, "realistic" world of recognizable relationships. I want some moments to be weird and grotesque and not have any dialogue at all, and others to just be simple conversations. and people's "characters" shift slightly between those moments, though the prototype remains the same. how to make that transition?

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welcome to the all-american genderf*ck cabaret

Dec. 30th, 2006 | 08:17 pm

welcome!

in here, life is beautiful.

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