Everything fab + groovy in your world? I hope so.
I’m beginning to wonder if there’s a Friday afternoon curse on creative thoughts. Well, as much as blogging is an act of creation. Mind tends to be a burst, nay, stream of consciousness and if I’m lucky – and I guess I should include you (dear reader) – the creative vibe will kick in and they’ll actually be a point to today’s little piece. (Ed: I would make a welcome change, wouldn’t it? 😀 ) I suppose I should start keeping an ideas book!
Earlier in the week I saw a couple of ladies (from work) back in their opaques. I should point out they weren’t in just their tights, I don’t work for Pretty Polly after all. 🙂 It wasn’t that warm, but the bright sunshine and then seeing the dark tight ‘winter look’ threw me a bit. Still, at least they’re weren’t cold! No doubt the fashionistas will be flogging bare legs this winter to address the balance. 🙂
Jo (Angel) has posted some links to YouTube showing a Japanese game show where they take a few young chaps and make them over into young ladies. I suppose it’s a bit like a homespun version of He’s a Lady (if you remember that). I think the nearest we came to a show like that was Boy Meets Girl, but the strange competitive elimination process to the latter seemed tacked on. Still, such is life in the media I suppose. Everyone else is doing that so we better do the same.
So this last week I’ve been looking through YouTube… Well, perhaps wading through would be more appropriate. I think my interest had peaked due to the lack of recent dressing. Funny how a month off makes you miss it! I stumbled on to a stash of clips from American sitcoms with a CD / drag element, only to hit a bit of history.
Do you remember Silver Spoons? It was a sitcom from the early 80s on ITV. I was quite young, not yet a teenager, and I remember the episode fairly well. I remember being glued to the set (so to speak) as the young lad in it dressed up as a girl to be a ‘date’ to his clueless pal.
It was my earliest memory of seeing someone dressing in that way. Someone trying for a *convincing* look rather than going for the comedy option…. or at least, what my memory told me (God, that wig. You can almost hear the static from here! :D). Yes, ironic that we’re talking about a sitcom where the cross dressing is played for laughs (see here), but the plot was that he (the young kid) should *look* like a girl. Despite the jokes on posture and the difference in body language, it hooked me in. There’s someone like me, my brain cried, but deep down I knew that wasn’t the case. This was just a sitcom. Trans characters don’t come along (as a rule) in 80s. Hell, in some shows you never saw anyone black! 🙂
As a young kid growing up in a small town, the TV was one source of information. Certainly, our local library van didn’t hold any answers to my questions. 🙂 I suppose now, a youngster would open their browser, hit a search engine and learn that way. How things change eh? But back in the day and in my confusion – perhaps naivety – I wondered who else would be like me. After all, who wants to be alone? I guess I went looking for affirmation that other people like me existed. There was a word in the dictionary, so trans people must exist right? 🙂
Channel 4’s gay magazine, Out On Tuesday wasn’t aimed at me, yet I watched it whenever it was on. One of the side effects – by the way, if you’re one of the Religious Right, grab a pen now 🙂 – was that what the programme reported on, made me re-think and challenge the cr*p (even hate) that my school mates would say about gay men and women. After watching a few episodes, I began to wonder about the statistic: one in ten. If that was true and there were 700 boys at my school (single-sex you see. No wonder I’m warped :D). So that’s what? 70 gays guys, 7 part-time trans folk* and maybe half a full-timer? 🙂
[ Ed: 1 in 100? Possibly, possibly not. But if that number was true, the number should be 5. Lynn is 6th and her mate ‘B’, who told her before he left for college. Lynn’s T radar is terrible! Birds of a feather eh? 😀 ]
Two other programmes stick in my mind from that time: First Tuesday’s report on Florence, Italy. According to that programme, the city was positively bursting with transvestites. 🙂 What was interesting to me was the interviews of the CD folk on there. They lead fairly ordinary lives (so to speak), held down jobs, *were* married and I took comfort in that. Sure, I was a bit different, but it wasn’t the end of the world.
The last ‘big impact’ programme was a series with Philip Hodson (Hodgeson?). It was on late Saturday night (again, ITV I think) and he’d look at adult behaviour each week. I was about to turn over when I heard him talk about ‘men who like to wear women’s clothes’. That had my attention! 🙂
Anyhoo… that’s enough from me. What about you dear reader? Did you see positive or negative images in the media, or did you just disengage altogether?
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