The Dangers Of Androgyny

Dossier, a fashion and art magazine, has been censored in Barnes & Noble bookstores for depicting the nude torso… of a man. Skepchick, reporting on the issue, addresses the problems with sexualizing the female torso to the point where anything suggesting female nudity must be censored. Additionally, though, I think there is a general fear of deception: being deceived about someone’s underlying gender identity, or sexual identity, is downright frightening for people who believe that gender and sexual identity lines up clearly and are easy to spot. But when they’re not… does it make sense to censor every ambiguous or androgynous identity?

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About Jeana


Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.