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Roxy Swimwear Promo Blasted as ‘Sexplotation’

Dearest Poutlings,

Roxy swimwear recently had a promotional trailer for the Roxy Pro Biarritz 2013, which every year for the last 8 years Roxy has brought together the world’s best women surfers to Biarritz for an original blend of elite surfing and current music. The teaser trailer leading up to announcing who will be joining the Roxy team entitled #WhoAmIJustGuess has caused quite a huge stir in the media, but for what reason – who knows!!

Watch the teaser trailer here:

OR if you cannot watch, it starts off with a  woman rolling of bed in her underwear, proceeding to put on an oversize white button down blouse which she then drops to the floor to get in the shower… it follows her grab her board and drive to the beach where so puts on a pink Roxy rash guard, and then ends with her paddling out in the ocean. You never see her face but you become quite acquainted with her bum, which she is fortunately blessed to have a good looking one.

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The Guardian’s Tia Calvo labelled it a “voyeuristic semi soft-core porn clip,” saying it was offensive because it “is representing a professional sport which has been fighting a long and on going battle for gender equality.”

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Firstly, GET A GOD DAMN LIFE. There is NO gender inequality, in fact if a same teaser trailer was released for Quicksilver, for example, with only a male surfer, and focussed on his arse and abs, rather than a mystery woman’s butt and bare back, I can guarantee you it would not be as visually appealing nor “sexist” and secondly, sex sells as do attractive bodies. This woman is a talented, in more than one aspect, and that is what a professional surfers figure looks like.

I back up Roxy 110% in this instance, and this is what they addressed the public backlash on their Facebook page saying:

“Woman are complex and multi-dimensional. To ignore this fact is to ignore who we truly are. We believe all athletes are naturally beautiful, in and out of the water. You certainly don’t have to be sexy to be an athlete, & we also believe it’s not wrong to be an athlete and to be sexy, if you choose to be.”

The mystery woman was later announced to be Stephanie Gilmore, and so sue her, she’s hot. I’m pretty sure she was stoked to be featured on such a worldwide coverage – OTHERWISE she wouldn’t of let it happen!

People need to calm the hell down and get on with life, and if you have a problem with this – how do you embrace the media daily? There is FAR worse things going on that constitute ‘sexplotation’.

Here is the official unveiling of Stephanie Gilmore…

x missfitz

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Chrysalis Lingerie : Specifically for Trans Women

Hi Poutlings

Transgender women are becoming more and more talked about and really, they are most certainly becoming more accepted and less taboo in todays society, and they are becoming an ever-growing demographic world wide… So it would make sense that new businesses would crop up to attend to their specific needs. Chrysalis Lingerie is a special lingerie that is marketed to transwomen, and it comes completel witha power-mesh panel that’s designed to create a seamless effect, so that those who wish to “pass” as a women can adequately tuck in their male genitalia.

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Similarly, the bra comes with hidden pockets that “hold full-cup” insers to create the appearance of breasts (seems like this might be a useful invention for breast cancer survivors and women who have had mastectomies for a variety of reasons, too.) All of the Chrysalis lingerie models are transgender.

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“I wanted a product that actually celebrated who we are, something that made us feel beautiful but is also practical. We’re done hiding. We’re done keeping quiet. We are a very diverse community, we do exist and we have explicit needs.” – Cy Lauz, Chrysalis designer.

I think it’s great and another step in the right direction towards transgender equality.

I hope RuPaul approves! 🙂

*missfitz

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Gender Identity Change

Everybody, stop what you’re doing, and watch this! This is an amazing video shows what it really looks like to go through a gender identity change. YouTube user iiGethii writes:

“This video is of me going through a three-year transition (roughly one thousand pictures). I have had FFS during the process. I started roughly when I was 20-21 years of age.”

The photos show in striking detail how iiGethii grew more feminine in appearance, and became the beautiful young woman she wanted to be.

Rather eye opening, eh? You go girl, iiGethii.

You may also be interested in these gender bender stories we’ve discussed before … Andrej Pejic, The Transgender Model Allowed to run for Miss Universe and MALE MODELS : The Female Species.

*missfitz

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MALE MODELS : The Female Species

Hiyaa Poutlings!

Andrej Pejic, *clickety click* the androgynous, biologically male beauty who rose to notriety as a working female model, ushered in the changing tides of a new non-gender conformative face to fashion. Cast in editorial and runway positions that were previously only filled by women, he became the singular poster child for a new born generation in the world of modeling with no trappings of traditional gender roles or the gender bender as I like to refer to it.

But don’t ask Casey Legler about terms like gender identity and gender expression : for the New York City based “art maker“, the topic is not sex, it’s freedom.

“It would be a really beautiful thing if we could all just wear what we wanted, without it meaning something.”

Casey Legler is a former Olympic swimmer – so it seems understandable, if not expected, progession that she, at a striking, willowy 6″2′, is one of the first (if not the first) women to be signed exclusively to a men’s modeling contract.

After participating in the Olympics for her home country of France at the age of 18, Casey paved her way as an artist working with multiple mediums. Her art, which she frequently appears in, reflects on overriding themes like the constructs of time, ritual and the human body, and it’s her work that led her to an entry into modeling – friend and high profile photographer Cass Bird asked Legler to improvise a man’s role for a shoot in Muse magazine this past summer. The editoral found its way to the desk of an agent at Ford Models, and Legler was signed to their male roster the next day.

As her for her future in the industry, Casey is optimistic.

“I wish a long and slow career for myself, for everyone.”

Yes, you will be seeing her on the runway early next year – Casey will walk in shows in both Paris and New York for the Autumn/Winter 2013 season.

*missfitz

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