February 28th, 2011

peter's sassy research

Andrej Pejic, gender, etc. DISCUSS.

Okay, for those of you who don't know, this is Serbian model Andrej Pejic. Also this. And (possibly slightly NSFW) this. And THIS! Join andrej_pejic for more info and pics about Andrej, who obviously ~werks~ both men's and women's fashions. You know you want to!

Er, anyway. More seriously, pseudoblu and I were talking the other day about some of the Andrej articles and posts we've read, and the way a lot of journalists and fans identify Andrej as transgender, transsexual, or genderqueer.

I can understand the inclination. There's still relatively few people out there who are breaking gender boundaries in meaningful ways. Andrej's definitely pushing the gender envelope with his modeling career, so it's easy to fit him in with others who do the same. I'd go so far as to say that he fits the concept of genderqueer...ness. He wears dresses with as much ease as suits, and vice versa. He's said that he's both masculine and feminine, and that designers get a two for one deal when they hire him. But I feel weird about identifying him as trans or genderqueer, because he's never explicitly stated that he identifies that way. At the same time, I don't know if it's any better or worse to identify him automatically as a man, just because he's male-bodied. (Disclaimer on that one: he's said that he's fine with being called a guy and being referred to with male pronouns. So that much, at least, I feel comfortable with.

The point of this post: thoughts? Can somebody be called genderqueer just because they fit the definition? Could, say, Bill be called genderqueer, just because he wears some women's clothing? Is the unstoppable tide of "Dude looks like a lady" articles making anyone else want to tear their hair out?! (Okay, that was semi-unrelated, but still.)