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Certain aspects of femininity are highly social in origin, while others are not. Gender expression is a complex combination of both socialization and biology. Obviously, femininity can be a performance, and I know that many queer womyn embrace that idea. Where I draw the line is when people claim that femininity is entirely artificial or constructed, or when they say that "all gender is performance".

Gender is not any one thing.

There's this argument that lesbian spaces should also be open to those who've been socialized female. That's a recent invention, one that's designed to allow trans men to stay in the community ...

...There's this perception that lesbian films are bad.

Well, that persists because there's no fucking money in it!!

Audiences might not understand that to make LGBT films for our community, most people have to mortgage their homes. The films look homemade because they are. It's economics: people will finance gay films when gay people make the films profitable, go to the theatres and buy tix or purchase the DVD, proving to the suits that we are a viable audience and worth the investment ...

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:Julia Serano, interviewed as author of "Whipping Girl" (c) 2007; JD DiSalvatore, writer-producer-director of "The Road to Dinah", specialty film (c) 2008

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