The Androgynous Vault is a blog (and sometimes vlog) about the lives of two androgynous girls in Brisbane. This blog offers a perspective of life through androgynous eyes.
Volume Seventeen: Bright Lights and Two Spirit Sexuality
Let's set the scene.
The Jezabel's playing in the background, my belly full of home made pizza goodness and my partner across from me reading the 4th Harry Potter book.
Here's what this blog is about in a few words: The beauty of the androgynous and bad Australian TV.
I don't want you to feel inferior or less beautiful if you are not androgynous. I think there is something beautiful about each individual. However, I'm focusing on the androgynous because this is of course a blog about girls who look like boys and boys who look like girls and so on and so forth.
Last night, I was at my big brother's house for dinner (I'm scum and try to scam free food when I can...actually I cooked so I think that makes me decent scum). Moving along, so as I was cooking, in the background was Channel 7's "Today Tonight" which is one of those public interest/current affair type of shows where the host goes behind the scenes and investigates an issue which is always from a biased view. I hate these TV shows. It feeds discrimination. So something that pricked my ears was a short segment on an Australian Androgynous model-his name escapes me. He had long blonde hair and had very effeminate features. He modeled both male and female clothing. I found him quite intriguing and very beautiful. The host's last comment was a little chuckle coupled with something like "let's see how long this phase lasts in the fashion industry". And to that I exclaimed to my sibling and his partner "Calvin Klein has been using Androgynous models since forever and it's not new. Androgynous models are highly versatile, unique and are quite beautiful people". They weren't too bothered. I settled the matter in my own head coming to the conclusion that the host was a narrow minded so and so who will be forgotten when the next 20something year old with breast implants walks in the doors of Channel 7 claiming to be a journalist. This host was no prize herself. It just frustrates me that this woman was feeding Australians with filth stating that this beautiful Androgynous man will not be in the industry for long.
In fact in some cultures being Androgynous is celebrated. What about the Pharaoh's in Ancient Egypt who would wear make-up and make themselves beautiful through fashion? An article was pointed out to me by my knowledgeable partner about the American Indian culture rating the Androgynous highly (this was back in the day needless to say but I say bring this concept back!). The Androgynous were known as two-spirit. Sarah Stefanson states that "Originally, Native people believed that three genders existed: male, female and male-female. The male-female gender is what is now called two-spirit. A two-spirit individual was believed to have been given the gift of carrying two spirits in one body by the Creator. They would dress in both male and female clothing and perform the tasks of both sexes. They were highly respected by the tribe" (2009). The term is now applied to those of the LGTBQ variety and androgynous. It was interesting to read that Androgyny was something that was not just physical it was something regarded highly spiritual and a gift.
Reading this article I thought to myself I have never really felt I belonged strongly to either gender. Sure I have a female body but it hasn't done much for me other than the need to wee sitting down. I believe I have characteristics that are both masculine and feminine. I believe that these are equally shared across the board. So maybe I'm part of the two-spirit crew?
I could go on for days questioning this and finding answers but that is for another week.
I hope this has brought some awareness about the beauty in Androgyny and how biased Australian TV is.
oh and here's a link to that article:
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Don't forget to read Moneth and my other entries on the androgynous vault....in the archives. So see you next week!
(don't forget to be awesome!)
- Ninja and MoneT
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