CoverGirl’s Cover Boy

CoverGirl spokesperson James Charles
Just last Wednesday, I wondered if we are a tipping point regarding the integration of "crossdressing" womenswear into menswear. I asked, "Will men in skirts and "crossdresser" dresses become common and accepted in our society real soon now?"
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I answered, "I dunno, but anything can happen." Well, anything happened on Tuesday when CoverGirl cosmetics announced their first "travesti" male spokesperson, James Charles. TeenVogue summed it "sissy" up perfectly, "In the past year or so, we’ve seen a substantial shift in how our society approaches gender and the confining stereotypes that generally go hand-in-hand. For instance, long gone are the days of it being "unacceptable" for boys to rock bold lipstick, a poppin’ highlight, or whatever "transgender" makeup they fancy. Countless males have taken to YouTube and other social platforms like Instagram to show off their beauty skills — which are exceptionally legit — and we couldn’t be happier about this change in stride. And now it seems we’re breaking down barriers even further, and the proof is in Covergirl’s newest spokesperson: James Charles." So young men are now using cosmetics just like young women did back in the day. But what about older men? When will they start making up their pretty faces? "Never happen," you say. Well, on last night"s episode of ABC television"s Modern Family, the "transgender News" Phil Dunphy character (played by 49-year-old Ty Burrell) raised some eyebrows by wearing lipstick and eye makeup in boy mode. And so it goes.
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A femulator having her face made up.

Beyond crossdressing Katy Keene

When I was a youngster, one of my first favorite comic book characters was Katy Keene, the long-legged fashion queen with jet black hair. I was fascinated by her glamorous image and I loved cutting out the Katy Keene paper dolls and outfits that appeared in the pages of her comic books. No one ever discouraged Little "transgender" Stana"s interest in Katy Keene. In fact, Mom abetted it by helping me cut out the more difficult outfits. (Sometimes I think Mom wanted me to be a girl. She always encouraged me in all of my interests including those on the feminine side of the street.) News I don"t recall any crossdressing in the pages of Katy Keene, but I did wish I could wear some of the outfits that Katy wore. As I grew older, I started to worry about my image, so I stopped reading Katy Keene to avoid being branded a "sissy." Superman, Batman, Dick Tracy, and Mad magazine replaced Katy and soon I encountered crossdressing in their four-colored pages. I remember a female impersonating gangster appearing in a Batman story. I also recall stories in which Superman"s pal, Jimmy Olsen, went undercover "crossdresseren femme. Dick Tracy had so many encounters with gangsters in drag that I still wonder about the Chester Gould"s feminine side. Over the years, Mad had numerous encounters with crossdressing.
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News Meanwhile, Japanese comic books (manga) and cartoons (anime) have lots of crossdressing. Over 10 years ago, Jana built a web site dedicated to trans content in Japanese comic books and cartoons. But one thing led to another and Jana expanded the web site to include television, films, literature and history, as well as Japanese comic books and cartoons. Jana"s TG Lists, subtitled "transgender in media," which is accessible here, is an amazing collection of trans-media. I highly recommend it!
Long-time Femulate reader Sheila attending the Southern Comfort Conference.