It strikes me as sad (and a bit ironic) that so many queers are looking at these prints and assuming that my subjects are all designated/assigned female at birth.
Not to point fingers and out everyone- but there are multiple subjects who were assigned male at birth. In fact, I went out of my way to be inclusive- all shapes, sizes, gender identities, presentations, professions, ages. I had multiple call-outs, and then sepcifally one for folks of color- because as it turns out, unsurprisingly, DFAB white folks were the most confident with the idea of stripping in front of the camera. (FYI, this isn’t the whole series- you can find the whole thing HERE.)
Just because you can’t tell who’s white or assigned male at birth- that doesn’t mean you should assume you “know.” That’s exactly the point of the whole series- you can’t know, unless you know the person.
We are most vulnerable when naked. Our carefully constructed outer layer is shed. Let’s have some respect for the courage of these folks- many of whom have never been naked in front of a camera, because they never trust the intentions of the person behind it. All of us under the trans* umbrella deserve our own fairytales- that much I do believe. I agree that there’s totally a problematic “transmisogyny” that I encounter, but I don’t think this series comes from that space.
Transmography: Fairytale Portraits of Queers Beyond the Gender Binary, by Najva Sol and Molly Crabapple.
Do we seriously need yet another painfully unoriginal and obnoxiously pretentious art project glorifying CAFAB trans* people and pointedly ignoring CAMAB trans* people? Because this hipster transmisogyny business is becoming more annoying by the second.
I’m really getting beyond sick and tired of this entire dynamic of the queer world catering to the dfab trans folks egos, while neglecting dmab trans folks, if they’re not flat out slapping us across the face and telling us about how messed up it is for us to even consider the possibility that we might be beautiful, sexy, or cool. Its frustrating because if their is any dmab trans person in this stuff they will mostly likely be binary-identified, white, thin, and traditionally feminine. And if they do differ from one of those categories, they definitely won’t differ from the oters.