Obviously, this is the second post….
Shannon is a friend of mine who loves “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. For the last five Hallowe’ens here in Taiwan, she has performed as Frank N. Furter in a live production. They do it both in English and Chinese, and all of the cast are bilingual. And she’s from Alabama.
I hate “Rocky Horror”. I hate the sexual predation and the rape by deception. I hate the fact that Richard O’Brien is a rabid transphobe. I hate how the movie feeds into the “trans predator” myth and hate speech. And I hate how many can’t or refuse to differentiate between drag and Transgender, assuming the movie in any way represents the Trans community.
My friend and I agree to disagree and respect each other. Once she knew how I felt, she has not once “offered” that I come and see it, and I ensure that if I talk about the movie, I keep it strictly about the story, avoiding mention of her. We want to stay friends too much to ruin it over a movie.
Commercially sold “sexy” costumes are there to provoke or provide an excuse for dressing in a way that would never be acceptable on any other night of the year. It’s a double edged sword – people should be allowed to be sexual beings, but there will always be self-appointed judgemental types who will question why or if someone “should be wearing that?”
I said in the other post that some costumes are and should be clearly off limits, that they are offensive to some people. When it comes to varied gender dressing (“cross dressing” isn’t an appropriate word for it), costumes come in three types:
- parody of the gender
- drag and caricature
- realistic and attractive
I’m not a fan of the first one, especially since most who do it are men with balloons under a shirt, bad wigs and clown makeup. I can’t speak for all men who do it, but I’ve seen a lot of misogyny in those who do.
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