I am myself.

Jennifer Boylan is an author, an activist, and an educator. Her writing is about her life and experiences. At its core her work is about her identity. Jennifer is transgender, but her identity is more complex than just her gender identity. Jennifer was born James and began her transition in the early 2000s with the […]

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Hide/Seek at the Brooklyn Museum

Last spring, one of my students blogged about the groundbreaking exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery.  At the time, I was following with great interest the controversy that surrounded Hide/Seek when Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough decided to pull David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from the […]

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Butch Today, Femme Tomorrow

The visibility of lesbian culture in modern America is greater than ever before, however, it is plagued by stereotypes.  The stereotypes run the gambit from the glamour of The L Word to the overly sexualized lesbian fantasy of the male sphere. Popular culture’s display of lesbian couples such as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi […]

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Toyota Throwback

It seems that Toyota is looking to fashion a new image for itself after the company’s recent legal issues.  Their new television commercial for their popular Avalon model harkens back to a time when products were thought to be safely and solidly built.  The commercial features an extravagant Art Deco train station set that is arguably […]

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