One year ago I started this blog with the intention of putting my thoughts in order and share them, and also to leave a testimony of my road to the darkest depths of my identity.
So I decided, as a way to close one year of thinking and growing, to share this timeline of my story as a Drag King (click on the images to enlarge them).
I also would like to thank all those who have shared this process with me, whether in person or from the distance.
Today I’m bringing you a selection of pictures from a project I made with a friend. Click on the images to enlarge them!
In the art of personifying the “opposite gender”, one can find a million subtle ways in which we are trained to perform a gender role.
In this post, I will focus on two of them, spitting and walking, because they illustrate two dimensions of gender differences:
- Walking is an activity which men and women have in common, but execute in different ways, although that difference is usually invisible in our daily lives.
- Spitting, instead, is an activity assigned to the masculine gender exclusively. Spitting isn’t “ladylike”.
We will therefore analyze these two actions from the perspective of gender social roles and my own experience as a Drag King.
The way we are, the way we walk
One of the most consistent examples of behavior which is learned, but generally deemed as “natural”, is the way we walk.
It’s something we do every day, hardly noticing we do it in a special way.