Yesterday, I was fiddling with my camera for an Art project I had planned for quite some time. Since I am a person who often does not fit in with gender-specific roles, I wanted to show both sides I have: a male and a female one. Furthermore, I wanted to do something that shows how make up and photo-manipulation can completely change a person. So I used a lot of make up and, well, Photoshop to show these two sides. The photo-manipulations are hardly perfect, but I think they are ok for a test:
Now the “amazing” thing happened. I was bored, so I used the first picture for my facebook profile – you know, just to see what’s going to happen. A friend of mine got into it as well, so I “transformed” him into a woman. The results were… strange.
FYI, I have quite a few people on my friends list that I haven’t seen in quite some time. But most of them I have met in person over the last couple of months, so they know how I look like. Honestly, after posting my picture, I asked myself if I would have done that if I actually were transsexual/transgender. The picture is “creepy”, not because it’s bad, but because what it represents: a woman looking like a man. One of the people messaging me even questioned if it can be considered as funny, because it would be strange for a woman to dress up as a man – even though travesty shows in which men dress up as woman are totally ok. Hell, a guy dressing up as a woman on Carneval, Halloween or conventions is apparently hilarious. But the other way around? Nope, that’s just scary and unnatural. Woman are not supposed to look manly, especially not for a “joke”.
Seriously, I expected some dumbass comments, but I really shocked me how inconsiderate people can react to this. In the end, I felt like I had to upload the second photograph, just to make up for it. Of course, the reaction to this photograph was much nicer. And you know the most interesting part?
In both pictures, I have the same amount of make up on my face, both of them use fake hair and have been severely altered with Photoshop. I do not look like the two persons on these photos, even if I was the original model!
Yet if I still look like what is considered to be feminine, that is ok.