‘gender benders’

‘gender benders’
   The term gender bender became commonplace in British culture around the early 1980s in being applied to a number of British pop stars with a penchant for cross-dressing, most notably Culture Club’s Boy George and the singer Annie Lennox. These days the term can be attributed to any number of sex/gender performances, including gay male drag (popularly symbolized in The Big Breakfast’s Lily Savage); lesbian butch drag (such as the Daddy Boys, who ‘pack’ dildos, sport ‘clone’ moustaches and sometimes take male hormones in order to grow their own); and, an American import, the male to female transsexuals who, sporting penis and breasts, make an event of ‘inbetweenism’ at New York festival ‘Wigstock’ each September.

Encyclopedia of contemporary British culture . . 2014.

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