Category Archives: Weird Stuff

The New Boy In Town

Marc by Marc Jacobs

We all know that life is oh so unfair, especially when it comes to our appearance and physiques. There are humans that eat more in one sitting than a pre-hibernation mother bear and still fit snugly into their skinny jeans. There are people like me, who look at food and gain weight. And, we all try our best despite the multiple unexplainable failures. This morning, I tried on at least 15 different outfits and still looked considerably less attractive than the disheveled faux-hippie looking sleepy eyed on the subway.

That’s unfair. But 19-year-old Andrej Pejic is a whole other story. Tall, svelte, perfect bone structure: what makes this model different from other ladies on the runway? Well, she is, in fact, a he: the half Serbian- half Croatian recently donned a wedding dress for Jean Paul Gautier and strutted the Vivienne Westwood catwalk. He’s been sought for editorials in Vogue and is now the new face of Marc by Marc Jacobs —all in womenswear. This boy is now the prettiest girl in town. And I’m laughing myself to tears as I throw my hands in the air, kick back into my chair, and reach for an ice cream tub of self-pity.

What does Andrej teach us? Nothing we haven’t already known (see first sentence) and the additional knowledge that life’s mischief la-dee-da’s over gender barriers. But we’ve known this too. I’ve long tried to ignore the fact that my brother has nicer legs than I do, but I surrender —he’ll be receiving every single pair of my toe-wrenching, high-heeled efforts for longer legs.

We can hate Andrej, or we can love to hate Andrej. The importance in this story is that a boy who used to work at McDonald’s (really, that’s where he was discovered) is becoming an international super star and gender bending while he’s at it. It means that there are different possibilities opening up for different people. And while I do retreat to a certain level of defeatism, there’s a part of me that likes being disproportionate, short, and imperfect. I like complaining and being awkward, it makes me feel human. After all, what would Andrej’s sensationalism and beautiful people in general mean without the beauty of normal people?

Besides, not even the incredible “femiman” icon can’t have it all. He recently said that if offered a contract with lingerie line, Victoria Secret, he would consider a sex change with a nice, perky set of breast implants. “You’d have to, wouldn’t you?” mused Pelic. “I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way.”

Well, you give and you take.

-youmi park

A double life: student/dominatrix

Lemondrop.com recently published this article about author Melissa Febos who used to be a professional dominatrix.  Febos’ recent memoir entitled Whip Smart is about living a double life as both a college student and a ProDom for a Midtown dungeon.  Currently reporting a story on the NYC fetish scene, I’m pretty intrigued by their “10 Things You Don’t Know About My Life As A Dominatrix.” I love that she used to do her homework between sessions at the dungeon.  I can relate, as I’ve definitely finished a paper right before getting dolled up in all black and killer stilettos for a fetish party. See if you can relate to any of her confessions, and let us know what you think about massaging, spanking, and whipping for a living.

-Toni Cruthirds

Sexistentialiste Hits the Internet

Sexistentialiste is the blog for NYU’s undergraduate Advanced Reporting course on sex and gender.  The course is about writing with magazine flair matched with old-fashioned reporting on cutting-edge topics relating to sex, male and female, queer, straight, crooked and bent.  Sexistentialistes have reported on porn stars, swingers clubs, STI’s, going bare, fashion models,  teen pregnancy, eating disorders, rentboys, burlesque,  motorcycle mamas, bears, “tramp stamp” tattoos, straight boy kissing, female rappers, and much more. So stay tuned….