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TV: Tent & Seks

I’ve been on national television – for the last time – because I no longer want to be asked to appear in all kinds of things solely and only because of my trans/gender/queerness. But for the Dutch television series “Tent & Seks” by Sunny Bergman I really wished to make one last exception.
I’m being interviewed on a bunch of pillows in a tent in episode 3 of this series, named ‘Out of the Box (full episode)‘. About the fluidity of sexual preference and the fluidity of gender. This episode was broadcasted on july the 31st 2014, and again on september 1st 2016.

I’m not super happy with the quotes they decided to take from me (the editing process was something I had no control over) but my real and only purpose to be in this was to show to the Dutch viewers that genderqueer/gay transmen’s existence is not some weird freakish Berlin/San Francisco phenomena, but that we also exist in the muddy landscape of Holland.
Watch all the other episiodes here as well: http://www.npo.nl/tent-en-seks/POMS_S_VPRO_578216

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Margreet DolmanI’ve been on television before, at the Margreet Dolman show, and even on De Wereld Draait Door but I’ve never seen those episodes and I am not quite sure if I contributed anything to transgender emancipation.
The one that I did get to see was my appearance in Hart van Nederland wich was F*CKING AWFUL. Now I understand why one should never do interviews that can be edited. My number one advice to transgender people in the media is: only do live interviews so you can be in control, if ever so slightly.

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#251 International day of…

March 31st is International Transgender Day of Visibility – I didn’t actually know about this but am posting it anyway to make you aware of it and for me to come across as knowledgeable as possible.
RSVP to the Facebook event here and definately read more about the origins here.
If you happen to be celebrating some other international day of something on march 31st: I’d like to wish you a really happy day for that too. Unless it’s for dogs. I hate dogs.

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#233 More interesting

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Again I’ve gotten the opportunity (because I’m so interesting) to present a transgender themed film at a filmfestival.
This time it is the absolutely wonderful gem Mía (2011) – I’ll be having a talk to the director Javier van de Couter at World Cinema Amsterdam in Rialto.
Go see it if you can!
This sunday, august 19th at 19:45h.

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Cartoon #230 Nature

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In about one and a half week I’m off to Seattle, to visit the Translations transgender filmfestival. It’s always of excellent quality so I’m sure I’ll see things that are fit to show at TranScreen.
I visited the festival before but my stay there was too short to do any sightseeing and this time i’m doing things differently – I’m staying longer and I’m taking a Greyhound bus to Mount Vernon where I’ll be renting a bike and plan to check out the scenic route towards the North Cascades National Park. I’ll also go to Vancouver, but for only two days – still the nature I’ll see there will be far more impressive than the zero ‘old-growth’ forests that are left in The Netherlands.
Apart from outdoorsy nature, I’ll also hope to get acquainted with human nature in Seattle more: there is a transman BDSM night in the CSPC (Center for Sex Positive Culture) where transmen and their admirers can cruise and play. I am so much in awe of this. I don’t see this happening in the Netherlands soon. The majority of transmen here don’t like being seen as trans and certainly usually do not wish to be admired for that. I personally have no problem with being seen as a sex object – especially if it is in a setting where I myself actually am also viewing others as a side dish. Nothing wrong with that. I think playing with admirers can actually be quite empowering. It’s different from being in a 24/7 relationship, which usually comes with a more in depth personal bonding. But… not everyone wants a relationship! For some people this is just not in their nature.

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Cartoon #229 Fetish

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Oh dear, oh dear, you really should not have looked at this cartoon… Now you’ve made the bosoms orgasm!
There are other comic strips out there, that are way more brilliant!
If you want to see good examples, read further (NSFW) and/or you should have visited Get a room! on friday april 20th, in Utrecht, because they showed the documentary ‘Sex in the Comix’ – scroll down for my winning coloring book page! 🙂

The power of comics should not be underestimated. For example the ones by Tom of Finland really totally defined gay male kink subculture. His visualisation of the idealized albeit unrealistic masculine body was truly pioneering.
Currently my absolute favorite is Oglaf.com – it is SO VERY GOOD it genuinely makes me doubt wether I should continue making cartoons at all… The way Trudy Cooper draws them is so very well lined, very well colored, perfect shadows, so very queer friendly and with well timed punchlines…. It makes my work useless.
Click here to read a good review about Oglaf, it is absolutely awesome and picking up fans at a great pace. “Her wit is sharp, quick and delivered like a ninja delivers a killing blow. Only the ninja usually has no pants and everyone laughs instead of dies.” Apart from being funny, I actually do find it erotically enjoyable as well.

If you look for them, there are plenty of online webcomics out there that you can click and read for free. Here are some I can recommend:

* There is also Nic Buxom. Nic is a pro-Domme and has a great sense of humor! Her work is not adult in that there’s a lot of sex going on but adult in the sense that it deals with Fetishes and BDSM topics.

* Bloomin’Faeries is not as funny in my opinion and since not ONE single penis has been shown, it feels a bit too hetero. The activities of a busty and mischief-prone fairy in a fantastical version of the Middle Ages drive the story; the comic follows the human characters and their poorly chosen actions. The art gets better (and more colored) every episode.

* Girls With Slingshots is just a great comic for people over the age of 18! And while it doesn’t depict too much graphic sex, it does have a dominatrix, adult stores, a magazine called Pussy Whipped, and various drunken shenanigans. The characters grow on you and one of them feeds into my librarian-girls-with-glasses-fetish.

* The Thin H-line, is a lesser favorite for me but occasionally smart. With black-and-white drawings. Can be a bit depressing sometimes.

* Menage-a-3 occasionally has some sex scenes, it’s very gay friendly but mostly hetero-gazed – even though its main storyline is about a cute riotgrrl and a nerdy guy who both dig the same lusciously boobed maiden. The quality of the jokes differs a lot throughout the episode, but the main quality is: it’s very well drawn in black-and-white! In a very nice slick modern manga-like style.

* Chester 5000 XYV is fairly unique. In an expressive Art Deco like style, with little dialogue. It’s hetero but I’m a sucker for robots so that’s why I like it.

* Patrick Fillion is also very noteworthy, since he’s kind of the new Tom of Finland right now. Obviously his work is mostly meant for pleasuring oneself, storylines are less important. And: it’s not funny! I prefer humor. Con: it’s not free.

* The last one I want to show you ‘Curvy‘ is a kind of graphic novel, from a women’s perspective, with an artistic independant feel to it. All episodes can be clicked for free.
Don’t expect big belly laughs here, although Curvy does get a lot lighter from chapter ‘World 2-1’ onwards.

Warning: don’t try to read the episodes of the cartoons I mentioned all above in one go, and if you do: don’t blame me for your procastination!

UPDATE: The ‘Get a Room!’ edition of friday april 20th at Cult Dealer Enzo was great! Really enjoyed the film (lots of famous comic illustrators and lots I actually did not know. Among which: Robert Crumb, Milo Manara, Ralf König, Aurelia Aurita, Aude Picault and Zep).
After the screening Madame Julie led a workshop on erotic coloring pages. The room went silent. All adults were coloring ferociously with the tongues from their mouths. At the end of the evening, unexpectedly we were asked to rate everyones’ colorings with cute little stickers (like in kindergarten) and… I won, I won, I won! I’m so honoured!
There were lots of other pretty colorings too, like the pirate with the fleas and the rainbow penis.
Not-Safe-For-Work photo-impression here:

My winning work:

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Lovely rainbow penis:

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Lord of the fleas:

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This was the last ‘Get a room!’ of the season but make sure to catch ‘Drift‘ countering the Midzomergracht festival and view the TranScreen screenings in Cinema Hooft!

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Cartoon #228 Popular

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Finally the long awaited greatest hits album of The Bosoms will be available at your local gender music store.
The album, aptly named “The Greatest Tits”, contains such classics as:
1. I Will Never Leave You And Your Dildo
2. Please Miss Surgery Man
3. Stop Dripping In The Darkroom
4. I’m In Love With Your Nipplehole
5. Lay All Your Testosterone On Me
6. You Make My Bandage Wet
7. Masturbation Is My Boyfriend
8. You’ve Got The Magic Bust
9. Copper Thieves Stole My Syringe
10. Sex Toys R’ Us
11. How Is Your Mammary Gland?
12. We Did It In The Ambulance

Now back to reality:

I have made a completely new page that shows the 25 most popular cartoons of The Bosoms series, so it’s a easier to navigate and get a quick impression.
Enjoy!

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Cartoon #227 Enviro-porn

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Wouldn’t that be a great idea?
In fact: let’s make ALL porn sites have a black background!
Since 90% of the website consists of porn anyway this would be a great and massively effective way to save energy.
When I thought of the name for this cartoon, I started googling for it (with Blackl ofcourse!) and I found this humorous post about ‘Fuck for Forest’.
Make activism sexy!

PS: There is still a lot of stigma and taboo surrounding sex work. I’m proposing a discount for transgender customers! It’s not so easy to enjoy sex when you’re body has changed due to hormones and/or operations.
Therefor my plan is to do some research among sex workers and to try and find out if they (the working girls and the gigolo’s) are prepared to have transmen as customers.
Find more about this on my now completely new trans-inclusion ‘TRANSGOLD’ website here.

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Cartoon #226 Opportunities

I made this cartoon because the thought puzzles me. I probably would not have these opportunities for public display if I would still have my bosoms on me…
I gave a lecture on transgender imagery in film, this monday the 12th of march at Cinema Kriterion in Amsterdam. My short lecture functioned as a kind of introduction to the film screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (one of my favorite movies ever. I love to watch it over and over again, and no: I don’t think it’s a film that portrays transgender people accurately. That’s not what it’s for. It’s a glamrock sing-a-long!).
+ This wednesday I will be speaking and debating as a part of the ‘gender and sexual citizenship’ panel at the University of Amsterdam which I also mentioned in my ‘Drag Yourself‘ post. I wonder if the future of gender/sexual citizenship will also be a subject at the new Queeristan event this may.

UPDATE I: the text (in Dutch) of my tiny ‘transgender in film’-lecture can be read here (quick PDF download, 36kb).
UPDATE II: And here is the text (in Dutch) of my Mosse Panel ‘Gender- and sexual citizenship’-speech (quick PDF download, 44kb).

Ofcourse I like being invited for these kinds of things but it also feels a bit odd: am I the token transsexual now? Is there really such a great divide between who is trans and who is not?
I once jokingly said, when I was presenting during the Pride Photo Awards: “The only reason I was asked to do this, is because I am transgender myself, and I have no other competences what so ever.”

Anyway: watch Hedwig! If you’ve never seen it, you’ll love it, and if you’ve already seen it: you know you want to again.

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Gouden Kabouter Awards

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Stem op De Boezems!
Klik vóór 19 maart op deze stemlink van de Gouden Kabouter Awards.
Je ziet daar een wit vlak, met onderin een pijltje naar rechts – dit kun je doorklikken en invullen met wie jij wilt. In ieder geval doorskippen totdat je bij de “OPPER KABOUTER” votes komt.
En vul de naam ‘The Bosoms transgender stripserie’ of ‘Jiro’ in met een link naar http://www.thebosoms.com
klik verder (stem daarbij ook op Lee Machetti! De enige drag king tussen de queens) en vul op het eind je mailadres in.
Steun De Boezems!
Want sinds ze geen BH meer kunnen dragen, hebben ze geen ondersteuning meer.
Doe het voor hun mooie Bambi oogjes…

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Vote for The Bosoms!
Click this link to vote in the Kabouter Industry Variety Awards before march the 19th.
You will see a white surface, with an arrow at the bottom right – this you can click through and fill in if you know of anything you’d like to nominate. In any case, click further (and along the way also vote for Lee Machetti! The only drag king among the queens) until you reach the “OPPER KABOUTER” votes.
And enter the name ‘The Bosoms transgender webcomics’ or ‘Jiro’ with a link to http://www.thebosoms.com
Click Continue and enter your email in the end.
Support The Bosoms!
Because since they no longer wear bra, they no longer have support.
Do it for their Bambi eyes…

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Cartoon #225 Drag yourself

“We all came into this world naked. The rest is all drag.”
― RuPaul

Drag yourself to some drag events! (scroll down)
and come enjoy 3 public presentations with me.

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1- I will be the guest of honor at the ever interesting “Get a room!” feminist film/discussion event on friday february 17th at Art-hotel ‘Mary K’, Oudegracht 25 in Utrecht, 8 ‘o clock.
It is promising to be a good one! They will have freshly baked cookies and they’ll be showing ‘Venus Boyz‘ – a film that had quite an impact on me the first time I saw it (and which features my sadly departed friend Brixton…). Your life as a genderbender won’t be complete if you haven’t seen this film.

2- Immediately after this I will be heading to De Hallen at the Bellamyplein in Amsterdam to perform together with the “Drag Queers” for the Queer Valentine show at midnight (“dress code: super cheezy, super sleazy”).
It’s a world premiere since I will be doing my very first female drag ever!
I felt it was about time… I’m going by the name ‘Roro Roulette’ 😀 I’ve been playing with the idea for a long time now.
Additionally it’s important to know De Hallen is said to be evicted – again we lose a squat, a big loss of open and ‘vrije’ space. I think the new law that made squatting illegal is going to drain huge amounts of creativity from the progressive movement.

3- Later next month I will be speaking at the rather intellectual Mosse Lecture series.
Together with Gert Hekma, Paul van Gelder and others I will be speaking about gender and sexual citizenship. The reason is the publication of a book recently about transsexual and transvestite prostitutes.
This presentation and discussion will happen on wednesday march 14th, from 17.15 until 19.15 at the VOC-zaal, Studiecentrum Bushuis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, at the University of Amsterdam.

Don’t tell me nothing ever happens here.

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Comic Book Sample

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It is done! The first test sample for my first Bosoms-comicbook!
Much needs to be changed though, but looking good so far. It really ‘feels’ different to see the comics in physical form. No surprise there ofcourse: it feels nice to be able to touch the bosoms! (Bad joke, I know…).
My plan is to pick as many as possible from the first 100 cartoons and publish them as a comic book this year.
I also have a plan for another comic book about a completely different subject – but I am still designing the characters for that, and first I need to figure out what would be the best way to publish a book: Self-publish as an ebook by print-on-demand? Photoprint at Blurb? Or going to a real publisher and get an ISBN number and everything?
The most important thing for me is that I can have the freedom of which cartoons to pick and I want total control when it comes to creating the look of the book. Tips are welcome!

*UPDATE* I’d like to start the book as a cheap zine first, to see if this will make it easier to spread the content from (nice) person to (other nice) person. I’ve put the zine up for free download (PDF) so anyone who wants to can print it. The free download version is different and less classy because the reallife print is hand-colored and cut to the right size by me. And of course you can ask me to sign it personally for you 😉
Such incredible additions, right?
I am selling these 28 page zines for Euro 1,90 or less if you’re poor.
Just mail me at thebosoms[a]thebosoms.com if you want to buy a signed copy!
Additional shipping costs apply.