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The Most Terrifying Woman In Hollywood

Lake Bell complained to Sam Jones in an interview recently that she gets derided by men who ask her, if she wants to be taken seriously, why pose naked? lake_bell_by_smutbroker-d7yp2t3Her response is that it’s artistic and beautiful and it makes her feel sexy. She went on to explain that showing off her sexuality should in no way detract from her being an intelligent woman. In 2012 Bell wrote, directed and starred in “In a World”.  The film has strangely garnered cult status in Hollywood because it literally came out of nowhere. Bell did not even tell her agents she was working on it until was done. The film won best screenplay at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, (her 2nd film at Sundance). Everyone involved in “…a World”, didn’t even think it would be accepted. Sam Jones ended the interview by saying “Everyone is Hollywood is wondering what Lake Bell will do next”

My father, a witty college professor, used to tell attractive women that held his attention that “Beauty and brains is a dangerous combination”. Lake Bell is a sexual nuclear bomb designed by a nuclear scientist- dangerous doesn’t cover it. Her verbal acuity is matched only by her locker-room humor. When asked about her early modeling career, she hesitated and said, “Boobs, boobs and more boobs, lots of boobs” -on being pregnant,pregnant “Its sucks, you get the hangover without the tequila” She’s the woman every guy wants to do shots with and hopefully sleep with. And every woman wants to….. Well do the same.

Throughout history men have been accusatory of women with sexual power. Eve kicked us out of the “Garden”, Helen’s beauty was cause of the Trojan War and Cleopatra was killed after she seduced the two most powerful men in the world. American culture is still trying to decipher how and why Marilyn Monroe’s sexuality led to her demise. Camille Paglia says that beautiful women are always scrutinized and harassed. In her book, Sexual Personae, she states that men honor but fear women. “A woman’s sexuality is tied to nature and can’t be denied”, (menstruation, child birth) “Woman’s centrality gives her a stability of identity. She does not have to become but only to be.” She goes on to say that man’s identity is dependent on her acceptance of him which breeds male anxiety.


“In a World” where Muslim women are forced to wear restrictive clothing, African and Indian women are subjected to commonplace sexual crimes, Hollywood has embraced this powerful neo-feminist in a way that is unprecedented. Throughout it all she has stuck to her guns, and has become one of the most talked about film makers in America. What makes Lake Bell frightening is her ability “to be”.


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Plans To Go Trans

Let the debacle begin. In an interview slated to air April 24, Bruce Jenner will sit down with Diane Sawyer to discuss his decision to become a woman. TMZ reports the interview will discuss his life’s journey and what lead him to announce his “transitioning” now. He will also supposedly discuss how he has identified as female since he was a young child. The three ring circus consists of: 1) His involvement in the hugely popular reality show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians”, 2) The fact the he was the epitome of “maleness” and world famous for winning the gold medal in the decathlon and


3) The backlash of the transgendered community.
The LGBT community has been better represented in the past few years in the media and on television. Ellen DeGeneres hosted the Academy awards, Glee and Pretty Little Liars have gay leads and Last year the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriages. More recently, TIME magazine had transgendered actress Laverne Cox on the cover with the Title “America’s New Civil Rights Frontier”. So at this crucial junction this may not be the right Olympian to pass the “baton” to. What’s next, “Khloe and Bruce take San Francisco”, in it we get to see Kim and Bruce go shopping for Bras? I bet Gloria Allred thinks the Kardashian clan are publicity whores.

To gain acceptance from conservative communities, LGBT need to educate people subtly, not bust in with a sledge hammer. The perception by many is that the transgendered struggle is disingenuous. Drian Juarez of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project says, “Much of the hostility toward transgender people comes from people who think the transgender person is trying to fool them. But Tran’s people’s appearances”, she said, “aren’t a costume…” For better or for worse, because of Jenner, we will be hearing a lot more about the Trans movement. So to help you navigate through the madness I have included a GENDER GLOSSARY:
Transgender– Identifying as a member of the sex opposite to that assigned at birth, and the desire to live and be accepted as such
Transvestite– (or transvestic fetishism) A psychiatric diagnosis for sexual interest in (crossdressing). Mostly hetero men who are ok with assigned sex
Transsexual– desire to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by a sense of discomfort with, or inappropriateness of, one’s anatomic sex, and a wish to have surgery and hormonal treatment to make one’s body as congruent as possible with one’s preferred sex.
Transman– A female to male Trans person assigned a woman at birth
Transwoman– A male to female Trans person assigned a male at birth
Trans airlinesSometimes a plane is just a plane
Eonists– Term invented by Havelock Ellis in 1925 to describe crossdressers. (see Cheveliar D’eon)
Hermaphrodite– In biology any organism that has reproductive organs assoc. as male and female
Intersex– a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female
Drag Queen– is a person, traditionally male, who crossdresses and often acts with exaggerated femininity
Androgyne– Possessing masculine and feminine qualities
Gynophile– Sexual attraction to masculinity
Androphile– Sexual attraction to femininity
Crossdresser– An Individual who prefers to dress of the opposite sex
Gender Identity Disorder– Also called gender dysphoria. A formal medical diagnoses, (see Transgendered)
Genderqueer– Gender indent that is not masculine or feminine
Gender-neutral- Opposed to any formations or assignments of gender
Non Binary– Not believing in two distinct genders
Agender– Possessing no gender or genderless.
Third Gender– Belonging to a third yet unnamed gender
Bigender– Belonging to two genders
Pangender- Identifying as all genders
Cisgender– Any non-transgendered person or adhering to assigned sex

  • Gender Margarita BlenderProduces intoxicant which increases likelihood of cross-dressing
  • Transgender fender-benderCar crash involving 2 or more trans people

Tired yet? All the terminology is out of hand- “Hey LGBT Ru Paul called and said your acting dramatic.” Americans were just getting accustomed to the right racial terminology for everyone and now this? It’s ironic that a group of people eager to disband prejudicial stereotypes is so insistent on labeling every minute faction.

There is no denying that all members of the LGBT community have had a tough road and transgendered folks are enduring more of the hardship now. A 2011 survey of more than 6,400 transgender people by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National LGBTQ Task Force shows the real life struggles.


–More than 90% of the transgendered people surveyed reported having experienced harassment or discrimination at work, they are four times more likely to be living in poverty and have an unemployment rate twice that of the general population. Twenty five percent of Trans people have been physically attacked because of their gender status and hundreds are murdered every year. 41% had tried to commit suicide (dwarfing the general population figure of 1.6%) and up to 50 percent of transgender teenagers attempt suicide.

The community has been thorough a lot and the tide is changing but navigating from here in a palatable way is crucial. Bruce Jenner’s announcement, whether he excepts it or not, comes with an awesome responsibly. Nick Adams, the spokesperson for GLAAD is concerned. “When you make a spectacle out of guessing who is and isn’t transgender, it harms real transgender people just trying to go to school or work and trying to live their lives,”

If Jenner talks about important issues confronting the community, stays away from reality TV, moves into womanhood slowly (maybe getting a stylist) he could be an important spokesperson for the struggle of Trans people everywhere. If not things could get hairy

Conchita Wurst

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“Hot For Teacher”



Barbara Walters sits down with controversial couple Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau in an exclusive 20/20 special to air on ABC on Friday. 
The couple will mark their 10th anniversary with an exclusive interview with 20/20’s Barbara Walters this Friday, April 10.  Mary Kay Letourneau was convicted of statutory rape due to her affair with her 13-year-old student Vili Fualaau.