Gender Studies, 2011 by Bettina Rheims
“Rheims body of work Gender Studies, depicts transsexuals, women that have become men, men that have become women and a third gender; those that preferred not to choose a sex and exist as both, adopting a dual identity.
The foundation of this project emerged from a request to republish Modern Lovers a body of work concentrating on androgyny and transgender shot in the late eighties. Rheims decided to take the idea a step further and explore the differences and mindsets in the world of gender today in comparison to twenty plus years ago. Launching a Facebook profile depicting a number of the original pictures, Rheims posted a message encouraging those that ’felt different’ to get in touch with the studio and from there she orchestrated Skype conversations with young volunteers from around the world who shared..
"the most beautiful stories about their lives. A lot of them knew from childhood, that they were born in the wrong body and had decided, many with the help of their parents, to correct the original mistake. But what struck me as being completely new were the ones who refused to choose between the two options, and had decided to live using both identities. Depending on the day, the mood; why not have it all? In Australia, last Autumn, someone got the mention ‘X’ on their passport, recognising for the first time the existence of a third sex - Rheims”
this is my favorite thing in tumblr & the model is so beautiful
in a dream i was giving a boy ‘salvation’ in the form of red hard candies. they were given to me during a parade by a stranger, who told me the candies had the power to save just one person. i thought that perhaps this boy was the lucky one, although i did not know what he meant by ‘salvation.’ sitting next to him on a sidewalk, i watched him unwrap the sweets and put them in his mouth. he was talking about a capsule somewhere in the middle of the city that could take him to space. i’ve been in that capsule in a previous dream, i said. it made both of us sad. after a while he stood up, dusted off his jeans, and walked away. he came back later to return a piece of candy that he didn’t eat.