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    Oram examined the role of the press in creating a commercial product out of the cross-dressers and shaping ‘a shared lexicon for the public discourse of sex and scandal’. She finds the articles often carried humorous tone throughout, downplaying the idea that these women were in any way seriously challenging masculinity in public spaces. This comes across clearly in the terminology used, as females ' cross-dressing was most often referred to as a ‘masquerade’, implying it to be more of a skilful form of trickery. This used humour as subversive as they utilized the more theatrical ‘masquerade’ as opposed to ‘impersonation’, the latter of which would imply a challenge to traditional ideas of masculinity. The commercial product that emerged presented the women as a sensation, something to be marvelled at. Dugaw’s work too examined the commercial character created, insisting that the differences between Female Warrior characters and plot lines are as important as the similarities they presented…

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    for your entertainment. Which is true, but there are some musicals thought to have changed the way society sees things. Is it possible these musicals influenced the minds of their audiences? Or did the musicals just make them aware of certain situations happening around that time. I believe that the musicals did influence society and brought awareness to the important themes they were trying to portray. Some of the themes the musicals were portraying were, racism, cross dressing, homophobia and…

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    “Meslow points out that in recent years, a cross-dressing double-standard has developed. Men dress as women for broad, often crass comedies, whereas women dress as men for darker, more nuanced dramas” (Barkhorn). Furthermore, women have more opportunity for gender crossing drama roles. There is a modern-day feminist and masculine movement happening as a result of the gender bias. Therefore, it is difficult to gather cross dressing statistics blurring the lines between men and women gender roles.…

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    In her family tragicomic Fun Home, author and cartoonist Alison Bechdel writes about her dysfunctional family, struggles with her sexuality, and her relationship with her father. In the fourth chapter of her book, Bechdel illustrates the similarities between herself and her father, Bruce Bechdel. Her discovery of her Dad’s hidden photos reveals the underlying secrets that she and he both share. This discovery also identifies the characteristics that translate from Bruce to Alison Bechdel such as…

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    The definition of what makes a woman a woman or a man a man was challenged, by certain women who would cross-dress, or have male reproductive organs; this also brings up the question of what defines one’s sexuality. For example, in 1901 a woman by the name of Caroline Hall, dressed up as a man to fit in to contemporary society, and maintained a relationship with a wife (Hoffert 392). This example of cross-dressing, brings up the two issues of gender identification, and sexuality; which were…

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    Cross-Dressing Analysis

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    In her article “Performing Genres: Sarah Edmonds’ Nurse and Spy and the Case of the Cross-Dressed Text”, Jane E. Schultz discusses the interconnection between the form and the content of Sarah Edmonds’s book Soldier, Nurse and Spy (1864). She begins with the general information about the text and proceeds to the phenomenon/issue of cross-dressing as the main distinction/characteristic of the given story. According to Schultz, Edmonds’s book is one of the first stories of cross-dressed women…

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    since he had no prior knowledge of drag shows versus the transgender community, as well as, the various sexual orientations of participants. Throughout my time at pride I got to see many drag performances much like in the play. The cultures between transgender and transsexuals often ends up blending into the same grouping, especially to those who are not as knowledgeable of the diversity within the two associations. There are many distinct differences and beliefs within both groups. The…

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    My 8 Plot Ideas

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    I know these plots ideas are not the best thing ever, but we can expand off of those ideas and I have no problem if you want to change a role or go with a different idea. My first plot idea is where a crossdressing secretary that is used to having a good amount of money is going broke, due to his spending habits or maybe he suffered a setback. Not wanting to lose his lifestyle, he decides to meet with his boss 's son who agrees to lend her some money if he develops a relationship with him.…

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    Girls disguise themselves as boys? The play Twelfth Night and the movie She’s the Man are not similar at all. First of all, the traits of the characters in the play are not at all similar to the ones in the movie. Secondly, the plot is different in the movie than the play. Finally, the disguises and cross dressings are for different purposes. Here are the many differences I found in the play and the movie. Firstly, the characters in She’s the Man and Twelfth Night are very different. In She's…

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    Incubation Mostly, my ideas and materials came from my closet where countless boxes live. I open the closet doors. I grab a flashlight and flash it toward boxes. Labeled boxes are stacked neatly against the wall. I start reading labels on each box. Sooner or later, I realize my labeling system is ineffective to navigate what is inside. I always enjoy the moment of not knowing. The state of not knowing or engaging with the unknown is an important aspect of my creative process. I randomly pick up…

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