Willow the “Slayer”

Most kids from the 90’s probably remember their favorite show being Catdog or All-that but I have to say that my all-time favorite is definitely Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was a television show created by Joss Whedon and it lasted from 1997 until 2003. The show is mainly centered around the main character Buffy who is a vampire slayer. Her two best friends, Xander and Willow, help Buffy fight the vampires and deal with everyday teenage drama. In the first 2 seasons, Willow is a normal heterosexual nerdy girl in high school. She dates this man, Oz, who is a werewolf. He breaks up with Willow in college after feeling the need to get away and learn how to control his werewolf powers. While he is gone, Willow gets interested in witchcraft and joins the Wicca club on her campus. The club doesn’t want to practice actual magic but she meets a women in the club, Tara, that wants to practice magic just like Willow. The two get super close because of their similar interest and begin dating.

I chose this television show for the project because, even though it is fictional, the characters are very relatable and it was the first exposure that I ever had to queer culture. It represents queer culture by telling a story that is often not mentioned, especially in the 90’s. When it comes to sexuality, people tend to only think about homosexuality but forget about bisexuality or they just don’t take it seriously. Willow represents bisexuality and she does it in a positive light. Willow dated Oz and they had a good relationship. She honestly loved him and wanted to be with him forever so when he broke up with her she was beyond heartbroken. She then met a women with the same common interests as her and therefore fell in love with Tara. This showed that how bisexuality is a real thing and that bisexual people truly can be in functional, loving, caring, relationships. Since this could have been some people’s first exposure to queer culture, as it had been for me, it is important that it left a good representation.

In class we read Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence. The reading mentioned how our world looks at women. We believe that women are innately attracted to men and that women’s heterosexuality is not questioned. It was also mentioned in the reading that all people would be bisexual if they were not forced into categories. Willow perfectly disproves that women’s heterosexuality is not questioned and proves that people would be bisexual if they aren’t forced to be heterosexual. Willow was attracted to a man but her heterosexuality was questioned when she started having feelings towards Tara. Willow didn’t let society influence who she can love so she fell in love with a women which demonstrates that when she didn’t let the world influence her sexuality, she was truly bisexual.

Female Masking

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For many, the thought of wearing a silicone suit is entirely out of the question, but for some heterosexual men, that is exactly what they love to do. The men who wear these latex masks and silicon suits are part of a subculture most recently known as “Female Maskers”. A short documentary titled ‘Secrets of the Living Dolls’ aired on Channel 4 in the UK . It revealed the hidden community of men who put on rubber suits to look like women.

‘Female masking’ is primarily practiced by heterosexual men, some of which are actually married. The act of wearing a mask and a body suite (which consists of all the curves that make up a female body) is more of a fetish than anything else. Unlike transgender people, these ‘female maskers’ do not feel like they were born in the wrong body. For them, dressing up as a female rubber doll is simply a way to have fun.

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Femskin, one of the many up and rising companies that makes the $850 (approximately £518) custom-made silicone outfits worn by maskers, recently stated: ‘We don’t think it would be fair to call them gay or even attracted to other men.’ ‘It’s about fun. Not all of them even want to be hot. Some want to be nasty hags.’

“A lot of men have fun by pretending to be women”

 

Many of these ‘maskers’ spend a lot of time on their female alter egos. They name them, give them their own style and are sure to embrace the personality that best fits the fantasy they create for themselves while wearing the suits. images

The lifestyle these men live remind me a lot of the characters in Georges Bataille, The Story of the Eye. Much of the discussion in class, in regards to the first section of this novel, revolved around how weird the characters were.

The class, as a whole, considered it freaky that they went to great lengths to find different forms of pleasure.Urinating, which was one of the many pleasures these characters cherished, was something we regarded as gross and unimaginable. Likewise, much of today’s society is disgusted by the “fun” men find in dressing up like female rubber dolls.

These men, their rubber suits, and their “bizarre” way of finding pleasure in dressing like women parallel the characters in that novel. For them, it is just another way to have fun, just like for the characters, certain acts were just another way to have an orgasm. It gives imagination to the idea of a means to an end.

In the same manner any reader would deem the novel and its characters abnormal so does much of society (including the queer community) deem these maskers outlandishd.

The community of ‘Female Maskers’ is still fairly new. Consequently that means not much is known about their world and way of life. But, what is certain is that this fetish is growing tremendously popular. It is with much hope that in time these heterosexual men and their way of  having ‘fun’ will soon be accepted.