Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman
This is the dilemma facing Theresa Bedell, a reporter in New York, in Rebecca Gilmans tensely fascinating new play. When Theresa goes on an awkward blind date with a friend of a friend, she sees no reason to continue the relationship--but the man, an attractive fellow named Tony, thinks otherwise. While Theresa is at first annoyed yet flattered by his continuing attention, her attitude gradually changes to one of fear and fury when he starts violently to menace her and those around her.
In brilliantly delineating the kind of terror a woman in full control of her life feels when everything around her suddenly seems to be a threat, Gilman probes the dark side of relationships in the 1990s with the rich insight and compelling characterizations that have distinguished her earlier plays and made her one of the most exciting young playwrights working today.
There Is Absolutely Nothing Wrong with Boys Wearing Dresses
Monday, actress Megan Fox posted a few Polaroid snaps of her three adorable kids on Instagram. For many of us, this kind of cross-gender dress-up is no big deal, but for a multitude of Instagram commenters, it most certainly was. Many users seemed to have visceral reactions about what they were seeing, and used the opportunity to attack Fox and her children. Luckily, there were many opposite reactions praising Fox for letting her children express themselves freely, with many parents chiming in that they had let their sons wear dresses, paint their nails, and wear heels — and that there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. At least the world is beginning to be more open-minded now. To that, I say amen. And of course, we have an even longer way to go as a society before we accept that some people simply do not conform to the gender they were born into.
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The night before Susan and Rob allowed their son to go to preschool in a dress, they sent an e-mail to parents of his classmates. For good measure, their e-mail included a link to information on gender-variant children. Some days at home he wears dresses, paints his fingernails and plays with dolls; other days, he roughhouses, rams his toys together or pretends to be Spider-Man. Even his movements ricochet between parodies of gender: on days he puts on a dress, he is graceful, almost dancerlike, and his sentences rise in pitch at the end. Of course, had Alex been a girl who sometimes dressed or played in boyish ways, no e-mail to parents would have been necessary; no one would raise an eyebrow at a girl who likes throwing a football or wearing a Spider-Man T-shirt. There have always been people who defy gender norms. The goal was preventing children from becoming gay or transgender, a term for those who feel they were born in the wrong body.