Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Trans Mascots

From The Cut Monday came this, "As women across America deal with a wage gap, a lack of paid maternity leave, the threat of decreased reproductive rights, and rampant sexual misconduct, brands have responded by bravely … making female versions of their mascots?"

The article pointed out that Brawny paper towels rolled out a flannel shirt–clad Brawny Woman, Reba McEntire became the first woman to play KFC’s Colonel Sanders and Johnnie Walker just introduced a “Jane Walker” logo toto “draw more women to the world’s best-selling scotch and acknowledge a broader push toward gender equality.”

The piece concluded with a list of 15 other male mascots who could be feminized, like The Jolly Green Giantess, Ms. Peanut, The Pillsbury Doughgirl, etc.

Which begs the question, what's good for the goose is good for the gander?

Mr. Betty Crocker
So how about...

πŸ‘  Coppertone Boy

πŸ‘  Land O Lakes Indian Male Maid

πŸ‘  Mr. Butterworth

πŸ‘  Sun-Maid Boy

πŸ‘  Uncle Jemima

πŸ‘  Utz Boy

πŸ‘  Little Mr. Sunbeam

πŸ‘  Morton Salt Boy

πŸ‘  St. Pauli Boy

πŸ‘  Wendell's Hamburger Boy

And so it goes!

Source: Intermix
Wearing Intermix (Source: Intermix)

Andrew Lees and Eamon Farren
Andrew Lees (left) and Eamon Farren (center) femulating in the 2014 Australian TV movie Carlotta.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Bear With Me

Jellystone Park Dept.

Front page of the local newspaper had an article today about coyotes attacking pets in my neck of the woods. I live in the less populated, more rural end of town and all the attacks have occurred within a one-mile radius of where I live.

No surprise since I have seen and heard my share of coyotes around these parts since moving into the woods about 25 year ago. What was surprising to me is that the bears have awakened from their long winter's nap.

Saturday night, I took a leashed Rover out for last call and I was surprised to find that the garbage can trolley was moved about 12 feet down the driveway and the cans were tipped over, but their lids were still stuck on tight. My guess is that a bear was looking for a meal and was startled before he or she could get to the goodies. I assure you that they have had no trouble popping the lid off the garbage cans in the past, so something must have scared it away (maybe me when I opened the garage door).

I brought the contents of that take the dog out.)e cans inside the garage to avoid having to clean up the mess the bears leave after dinner, which is the last thing I needed to do as I still suffer from the the effects of the flu.

Vertigo Dept.

Starla e-mailed me, "They're baaa-aack! The gurls of Florida's Ernest Ward Middle School, that is! After an apparent hiatus (or at the least a lack of Internet coverage) of several years, the always excellent womanless beauty pageant at EWMS was held Friday night."

Here are three links to images from the event posted on the Internet: 1, 2 and 3.

By the way, the contestant in the accompanying photo reminds me of Kim Novak in the Hitchcock film Vertigo in the second half of the film when Novak plays Judy, not Madeleine.

Source: White House Black Market
Wearing White House Black Market (Source: White House Black Market)

Womanless beauty pageant, circa 1967
Womanless beauty pageant, circa 1967

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Under the Weather

Under the Influence Dept.

As I wrote here one week ago, I have the flu and "I don't feel much like doing anything including blogging, so this blog will be absent for a few days until this blows over."

I've got to admit it's getting better, a little better all the time, but I am still suffering from the symptoms of the flu.

I sleep a lot and I mean A LOT! Yet, I still feel tired all my waking hours. So this is going to take longer than I expected to get over.

Anyway, thank you for all your comments and e-mails expressing your concerns about my health.

Under Cover Dept.

"SΓ©bastien Lifshitz has spent years trawling through flea markets, eBay and junk shops in an effort to trace the history of Europe’s cross-dressing culture. Now, his incredible collection is going on display at London’s Photographers Gallery."

Read and see about it here.

Source: Bebe
Wearing Bebe (Source: Bebe)

Source: Sebastian Lifshitz
English POWs in German camp (Source: Sebastian Lifshitz)

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Saturday, February 17, 2018


The flu symptoms started Thursday morning. By Friday evening, I felt so lousy that my daughter took me to the ER.

The ER diagnosed me as having the flu (first time in my adult life that I have had the flu), wrote me a prescription and sent me home.

My temp is normal this morning, but I still feel lousy. And I don't feel much like doing anything including blogging, so this blog will be absent for a few days until this blows over.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Femulating Friday

Your Turn Dept.

Thank-you! So far, I received 22 comments and 12 e-mails in response to the Your Turn post.

One commenter complained about how I tag/label my posts. That is a legitimate complaint and I will try to do better in that regard.

Another commenter agreed with the person whose complaints precipitated the Your Turn post, i.e., that my skirts are too short.

Except for a few amusing tongue-in-cheek complains, everyone else disagreed with the original complainer about the way I dress ("if you got it, flaunt it"), my name and my use of the word "bird."

By the way, the 64-year-old woman in the Femulatee spot in the You Turn post was fashion model Christie Brinkley and the 66-year-old transwoman in the Femulator post was me.

Upcoming Events Dept.

TransGuys have the 2018 Trans Conference Guide up and running on their website. Here is the link: https://transguys.com/ref/2018-trans-conference-guide (For future reference, the link also appears under my Tool Links in the right column of this blog.)

Source: Venus
Wearing Venus (Source: Venus)

Carollyn Olson
Carollyn Olson

Thursday, February 15, 2018

War on Transgenders Marches On

Sadly, Trump's War on Transgenders continues...

Education Dept. Officially Says It Will Reject Transgender Student Bathroom Complaints

The Education Department says it won't investigate or take action on any complaints filed by transgender students who are banned from restrooms that match their gender identity, charting new ground in the Trump administration's year-long broadside against LGBT rights.

Read the rest of the story here.

Read the Los Angeles LGBT Center's excellent response to the Education Department here.

Trump Not Done Trying To Ban Transgender People from of Military

President Donald Trump‘s attempts to ban transgender people from the military have failed at every turn, but he isn’t done yet. The Trump administration will unveil and defend a new anti-trans policy on February 21.

Read the rest of the story here.

GOP Defines Being Transgender As 'A Disqualifying Psychological and Physical Condition'

The Republican National Committee voted to support Trump's August order that defines being transgender as “a disqualifying psychological and physical” condition.

Read the rest of the story here.

Transgender Rights Targeted by Multiple Ballot Measures Across the United States

Emboldened by Trump's War on Transgenders, discrimination is on the ballot in Massachusetts and Anchorage, Alaska, with signatures currently being collected for a third anti-transgender ballot measure in Montana.

Read the rest of the story here.

Source: Moda Operandi
Wearing Rebecca de Ravenel (Source: Moda Operandi)

Kamil Bijos femulating on Your Face Sounds Familiar on Polish television.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day Greeting

I have posted this image here on Saint Valentine's Days in the past. I don't recall where I found the image, nor do I recall its history. I don't believe it's a fake, rather I think it's a genuine vintage greeting card.

That being said, what is the context of the card's message? My guess it was related to women's suffrage.

During that era, there was a genuine fear among males that if women got the vote it was the beginning of the end of the patriarchy. That fear was reflected in ephemera of the era.

The big question on everybody's mind 100 years ago was asked by this anti-suffrage postcard.

Another postcard answered the question.

Wearing Bebe (Source: Bebe)

Faye's "bird" femulation

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Heavenly in Heels

I love high heels and own over 100 pairs. On occasion, I have joked that I am not transgender... I just like to wear high heels!

Whether I wear a dress, skirt, shorts, jeans or slacks, I always wear high heels. The only exceptions are sometimes when I drive and sometimes when I walk.

I use both feet when I drive because my automobile has a standard transmission. Most of the time I drive wearing heels, but I switch to flats when my heels are greater than 4 inches in height because it becomes difficult to maneuver my feet under the dashboard without tangling up my sky-high heels.

I also switch to flats if I have to walk on areas of the planet that are not high heel friendly. Malls are never an issue, but in places like Provincetown with its mishmash of cobblestones, asphalt and uneven sidewalks, flats are a must. (Heel maven that I am, I always tote my heels when I have to wear flats and switch to them when I reach my destination.)

Call me "old fashioned," but no matter what else a woman may be wearing, I believe she looks nicer wearing heels.

When I am typing away on my laptop, I always have the TV on to keep me company. I often tune to QVC if they are selling fashions for milady to check out the women selling QVC's wares. No matter how unattractive (to me) the clothing they are selling may be, if the woman is wearing high heels, it makes the clothing less unattractive. This is especially noticeable when there are two or more models wearing the same clothing, but different shoes. The model wearing heels always looks better, so I assume I look nicer in heels, too, no matter what I am wearing.

And so it goes (in heels, not flats).

Source: Nine West
Wearing Nine West (Source: Nine West)

Paolo Ballesteros and Martin del Rosario
Paolo Ballesteros and Martin del Rosario in the 2018 Filipino film Born Beautiful.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Your Turn

I received an e-mail from a "fan" a few days ago who had a laundry list of complaints about me and the blog.

First, she complained about my name.

"You've said that your ex-colleagues named you Sandy; I much prefer this name-less derivative and more feminine than Stana."

Then, she complained about the way I dress.

"My female friends all say that however good one's legs are, there is an age when the mini ceases to be attractive. I have to agree, so may we have a cover picture of Sandy in a longer skirt please."

Finally, she complained about what I wrote.

"Finally, from a feminist (I hope) I was mildly upset by your use of the expression 'Birds' for the girls of the King's Road generation."

So now it's your turn to get it off your chest.

Send me your complaints and I will consider them. And after I consider them, I may take them to heart or ignore them completely (as I did with the three enumerated above).

64-year-old woman dressing her age
64-year-old woman dressing her age

66-year-old transwoman dressing her age
66-year-old transwoman dressing her age

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Someday Funnies

Source: Lustige Blatter
"Careful, I'm not a man!"
"That's okay, I'm not a woman."
(Source: Lustige Blatter, 1932)

Source: Dress Barn
Wearing Dress Barn (Source: Dress Barn)

Fred Kovert femulating in the 1925 film Chasing the Chaser.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Three time's a charm

The next three months will find me presenting at three conferences.

March 16, I will present a workshop at the True Colors Conference at the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut (my alma mater).

April 28, I will give a similar workshop at the Transgender Lives Conference at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.

May 18, I will make a presentation at the Hamvention in Xenia, Ohio.

"Out Among the Civilians" is the title of my workshop at the March and April conferences. Since their audiences are different (True Colors is primarily a student audience, Transgender Lives is generally an adult audience), I will adjust my workshop accordingly.

"Old School Radio with New School Tools" is the title of my presentation at Hamvention. This will be a first for me. I have made many presentations at ham radio conferences in the past, but this will be the first time I will be presenting as a woman, so I am excited about doing it.

Source: Bebe
Wearing Bebe (Source: Bebe)

Dalibor Gondik
Dalibor Gondik femulates Dolly Parton on the Czech Republic's version of television's Your Face Sounds Familiar.