Sunday, June 01, 2008
So on Friday I dressed up like a girl.
Except I didn't do it half heartedly. Nah, that would've been way too easy. I had been volunteered as Miranda for a Sex And The City party (blame the hair), and I decided I was damn well going to do this properly. Now, I'd never cross dressed, the closest I'd come was some Izzard inspired blue nail varnish at uni. So I emailed round the office at work for some female assistance. I managed to get hold of dress that I could squeeze into (much to the horror of my colleague Sophie, who kindly leant it to me...) I was given fascinators and make up and hand bags and jewelry. Sadly noone had size 13 heels, so I got hold of some flip flops which were suitably blinged up. With some help from my female assistants, I looked quite simply fabulous.
The reaction I got was interesting. The girls absolutely loved it. Many got a bit overexcited actually. I felt like I was eight years old, surrounded by a gaggle of older sisters and their friends, eager to use me as a doll. As the eldest of two brothers, this was a new, and rather bizarre position to find myself in. But it was the reaction of the blokes, who were either amused, or horrified, or even a bit awkward, that was most telling. Had I broken the final taboo? It's ok to be of a different colour, race or sexuality, sure, but a straight tranny? Can't deal with that one! Or maybe I made them feel a bit funny, like Brian Molko from Placebo did when I was 15. Cos I looked so damn hot.
Either way it made me think of this...
Anyway, won't be doing it again. Simply because I don't really have the desire to wear women's clothing. And I rather like being a boy. But it would be cool if people could dress however they wanted. I sometimes rather envy the clothing choices girls have, but of course those choices come coupled with a whole heap of expectations and value judgements that a boy could never truly appreciate. So I'm not moaning. I just often find that when looking at unisex things like T Shirts, the designs on the ones for girls so often appeal to me more than the ones for boys. That's all.
Anyway, tunes for a cross-dressing weekend, then...
1. Madonna - What It Feels Like For A Girl
2. Charlotte Gainsbourg - The Songs That We Sing
3. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
4. Lake Of The Pier - Space And The Woods
5. Prince - Creep (Live at Coachella)
6. Regina Spektor - Your Honour
7. Suicide - Keep Your Dreams
8. Blur - Ambulance
9. Los Campesinos - My Year In Lists
10. Radiohead - Creep
How the fuck do you get the nail varnish off your cuticles? I don't even like Sex And The City that much...
|All opinions expressed within the pages and comments of this blog are solely those of the author, and not of his employers or associates. If you have any complaints, corrections or queries regarding any of the material contained within, please contact the author via email. Thanks for reading!