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Born in the wrong body

Dr. Michelle Forcier can't remember his name. But she remembers his face: a boy, 14, trapped in a girl's body. He was anguished. Hated what he was becoming.
A Providence doctor is on the leading edge of a new approach to transgender kids
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 26, 2012
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Hanna Rosin's 'Men'

Hanna Rosin's anachronistic and jumbled The End of Men: And the Rise of Women is exactly what you'd expect.

By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  October 05, 2012
Review: Mansome

Review: Mansome

Morgan Spurlock's latest nonthreatening documentary fails to find much point in its subject: men's grooming.
Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary
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Eileen Myles crosses all borders

"Gender is a technology," Eileen Myles says.
Askew at high velocity
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  April 27, 2012
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Vote Best, not gender

I agree whole-heartedly with Deirdre Fulton that a paucity of women interested in holding political office is bad (see "Female Dems Could Help Take Back State House," April 20).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editor, April 27, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 27, 2012
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Telling Jessie's story

Julie Ross didn't always plan to blog about her experience as the mother of a 10-year-old transgender child named Jessie (who, until her 10th birthday in 2011, was known as George).
The soul inside
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 02, 2012


Review - A Separation

Review: A Separation

Somehow, despite an increasingly repressive regime that has jailed many prominent filmmakers, including the world renowned auteur Jafar Panahi, Iranian cinema continues to produce some of the world's subtlest and most illuminating films about the relati
Family drama
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 27, 2012
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Review: Albert Nobbs

Lesbianism doesn't exist as a cogent category in 19th century Ireland, which could explain why Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close), a woman disguised for years as a man and employed as a Dublin waiter, has no personal understanding of who she is, her identity, o
Gender identity crisis
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 27, 2012
Preview - Haywire

Review: Haywire

Despite some thrilling combat choreography executed with flair by MMA champ Gina Carano, Steven Soderbergh clearly phoned it in here. The barely-there plot involves Mallory (Carano), a double-crossed Black Ops agent who goes rogue in an uninteresting se
Soderbergh phones it in
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  January 27, 2012
Short Take: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Unfortunately, Fincher doesn't add much to Niels Arden Oplev's Swedish version: more Googling and plot-compressing montages and an altered but still convoluted ending.
Flamboyantly grisly sex crimes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011
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Spot the winterized queer!

It's winter-time.
Out in Maine
By KATIE DIAMOND  |  December 16, 2011


From the Back of the Room: Review

Review: From the Back of the Room

Chronicling the past 30 years of women in DIY punk, Amy Oden's documentary deconstructs the myth that punk is an ideal world free of gender prejudices.
Amy Oden's documentary about sexism in the punk rock community
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 09, 2011
Review: Tomboy

Review: Tomboy(1)

In this lovely feature from the French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, Laure, a 10-year-old tomboy decides after moving into a new neighborhood, to pretend that she's a boy, Mikael, as a way to fit in with the local kids.
Céline Sciamma's lovely feature
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 02, 2011

Remembering victims of transphobia

On Sunday, shortly after dark, a small crowd will gather in the chill of Monument Square for the Portland version of a vigil happening all over the world: the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Several speakers — some trans, some allied — will a
In Memoriam
By LISA BUNKER  |  November 18, 2011
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The future of contraception

Whether your interest is personal — Get me off these hormones! — or policy-related — Global population is growing too fast! — the matters discussed at last month's Future of Contraception Initiative conference in Seattle matter to you.
Men's birth-control role may increase; women will get more options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 11, 2011

The future of contraception

Whether your interest is personal — Get me off these hormones! — or policy-related — Global population is growing too fast! — the matters discussed at last month's Future of Contraception Initiative conference in Seattle matter to you.
Men's birth-control role may increase; women will get more options
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2011


Trans explosion

When a social movement gets its own high-profile celebrity poster child, you know it must be hot.
Personal narratives drive social change, and vice versa
By LISA BUNKER  |  October 28, 2011
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Campus safe spaces offer comfy couches and open minds

Two months into freshman year, I was sitting in a friend's dorm room when Melissa, the broadcast journalism student who lived down the hall, burst into the room. She was near tears.
Safety in numbers
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 30, 2011
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Punk and hardcore's latest heroes: Massachusetts women

In the boys' club world of contemporary music, gender relationships are complex even in DIY punk — the strain of rock that historically prides itself most on egalitarianism.
Pushing back
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 16, 2011
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Party supplies

Original Plumbing, the New York–based quarterly lifestyle magazine and Web site for trans men and their friends, returns to the Midway this Friday for a queer/trans dance party featuring go-go boys, a photo booth, DJs D'hana and Justincredible, and a mi
Trans Dance Dept.
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  August 12, 2011

Leveling the playing field

A few observations on Dena Riegel's " Striking Back: Turning Feminist Theory Into a Visceral Rape Deterrent " (April 29).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, May 20, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  May 20, 2011


Protecting the wrong people

So, let's say you're off to go hike Mount Katahdin and commune with Mother Nature.
Gendered bathrooms
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  April 29, 2011
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Review: Orgasm Inc.: The Strange Science of Female Pleasure

For nine years, Vermont-based filmmaker Liz Canner raced around the country with her camera doing research and interviews for this exemplary, absorbing, muckraking documentary.
Is "female sexual dysfuction" real?
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 25, 2011
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Fusing porn with high art

Porn in the form of prose and poems, along with sexy and graphic illustrations and photos, fill the pages of Salacious , a new magazine dedicated to erotic art and literature, the likes of which you may never have seen — at least not compiled in one pla
A Q-and-A with Salacious founder Katie Diamond
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 14, 2011
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Jenny Holzer's projections remake buildings

Jenny Holzer is not an architect, but in 2004, when she projected those words onto the stone facade of the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan's Times Square, the historic building acquired a character it had never before seen.
Big words
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 03, 2010
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Cinematic excess

Eight years after its completion, The Cremaster Cycle , Matthew Barney's interminable multi-media opus, continues to befuddle and intrigue audiences.
Matthew Barney's seven-hour Cremaster Cycle descends in the Portland Museum of Art
By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 12, 2010


Maternal instincts

Do you have any tips on how to deal with some people's insensitivity or, probably more accurately, "tone-deafness"? I have two adopted children and on far too many occasions, people will say things in front of them like, "This is your real mom."
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  October 29, 2010
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A Lynda Benglis retrospective at the RISD Museum

When you talk about the art of Lynda Benglis, there's just no avoiding the giant dildo photo.
Manufactured surprises
By GREG COOK  |  October 29, 2010

Story-telling saves lives

The past three weeks have been incredibly upsetting. Six young men have taken their lives due to the anti-gay bullying they were the focus of at their schools. None of these young men were connected — they did not go to the same schools, have the same
Letters to the Portland Editor, October 15, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 15, 2010
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What women want

It doesn't make much sense, on the surface. In the 60 years since Maine made history by being the first state to send a woman to the United States Congress, women have been regular, and stalwart, members of Maine's Washington delegation. But the state’s
And what they need to run — and win — in Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 15, 2010