December 16, 2011

Crossdreamer Diva: Annie Lennox

All right, I do not know if Annie Lennox is truly a crossdreamer. I cannot look into her mind and read her fantasies.

What I do know is that she has spent a lot of time exploring the role of gender, and as a female to male hetero/bi crossdresser she certainly fits the profile.

The Eurythmics was big in the 1980's, which saw the birth of a large number of crossgender artists, including Boy George, Dead or Alive and -- let's admit it -- Freddie Mercury.

But must of these were gay. Lennox is more like a female counterpart to David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, which brings her closer to most crossdreamers.
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An online friend got a message from another online Indian friend, who asked whether her song "No More I Love You's" says something about the transgender condition.

It definitely demonstrates Lennox' sympathy for male to female crossdressers and drag artists.

The Sweet Dreams video is a clear example of art that breaks down the traditional divide between masculine and feminine symbols and expressions. There can be no doubt that the Lennox of this video is a beautiful and sexy woman. The fact that she dresses up as a man and uses manly mannerisms does not change this.


If you compare the video above with the one below, it is easy to see how unbalanced our cultures are when it comes to gender. The male to female crossdressers in this later video also combine male beauty with cross-sexual attire and mannerism. It is a fair guess that most people will find them absurd and far from sexy.

This reflects a culture that deep down looks upon the masculine as something positive and the feminine as something weak and unasked for.

The ballet scene is placed in a secret dungeon or club in the late 19th century, a period of amazing sexual and cultural exploration, and with increasing understanding for the diversity of human sexuality and gender expressions. It was not to last. The German Nazis and the American psychiatric establishment soon found ways of pushing the "deviants" back into their closets.

Bastards!

The Moon

The video is also interesting for another reason. It seems to me to depict two different types of crossdressing.

The ballet dancers gives a drag performance, and as drag queens often do they parody the female stereotypes. In other words: They are not really trying to appear as real women, but as someone who is more feminine than any woman who has ever lived.

Drag queens are most often androphilic, and will just as often identify as feminine gay men as women.

The male audience, being dressed up by seducing women, are more like  gynephilic crossdreamers. Some part of them is dreaming of being a woman, which is why they are unable to resist the enforced crossdressing. On the other hand, these guys have no training in appearing feminine, which is why they look as men in drag, even when they are not.

This video does not tell us who are the true women, the drag artists or the crossdressers, or Annie Lennox for that matter.

In fact, the strange, uncanny, laughter seems to tell us that this play of gender expressions is nothing but an artificial game, and that the whole dichotomy of feminine and masculine is misleading.

Indeed, Annie Lennox herself plays Luna, the Moon, who throughout her feminine 28 day cycle reflects both the stereotypical masculine (rational enlightenment and the full moon) and the stereotypical feminine  (the darkness of emotions and the unconscious feminine), as well as every position in between.

Note also how Lennox is replaced by a man at the very end.

The second version of the song, a performance from the Letterman Show, reveals how even a liberal like  Letterman is unable to take this gender challenge seriously.  Lennox shows her displeasure.


Lennox is certainly a pro-gay, anti-fundamentalist and liberal, and she tries to make room for a more generous view of what it means to be a man or a woman. As she says: The words cannot capture what this is about:

I used to have demons in my room at night
Desire, despair, desire
So many monsters

No more i love you's
The language is leaving me
No more i love you's
The language is leaving me in silence
No more i love you's
Changes are shifting outside the words

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jack, I felt happy when i read this post of yours: I love Annie Lennox and Eurhytmics *.* and i always noticed what u mentioned... before i knew i was a girlfag i felt annie lennox's message moved me. I loved when she crossdressed as elvis presley in one of the grammy's ceremony, in the early 80's... (if i am not wrong)... i bet she is a crossdreamer, i know i cannot speculate about what she thinks but the feeling is strong... thank u for this wonderful post, i enjoyed it! *____*

Jack Molay said...

I am glad you liked it.

Lennox did not write the lyrics for No More I Love You's, but it is clear that she has had the final word in the direction of the video.

We desperately need people like her to break down barriers and help us find ourselves.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ea6CuN59EU

Jack Molay said...

Anonymous links to a song by Susanne Vega.

Here are the lyrics:

"As Girls Go"

You make a really good girl
As girls go
Still kind of look like a guy
I never thought to wonder why

If I could pull this off
Would I know for certain
The real situation
Behind the curtain

So beautiful
damsel in distress
Not exactly natural
Stunning none the less

What happened to you?
To make you more girl than girls are
Would you ever show or tell
Cause you're so good so far

Let's chronicle
The dark side of the life
Did you ever keep the date
With the steel side of the knife

Doesn't matter to me
Which side of the line
You happen to be
At any given time

Anonymous said...

One of the best female face I know.

Good voice.

I love him !

Anonymous said...

alejandro by lady gaga, f2m crossdreamers love it x

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