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What does it mean to be on the newest frontier of sexual identity, to identify not as male or female, but something that's a little of both - or neither? GENDER REBEL, part of LOGO's REAL ... See full summary »

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Elaine Epstein
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What does it mean to be on the newest frontier of sexual identity, to identify not as male or female, but something that's a little of both - or neither? GENDER REBEL, part of LOGO's REAL MOMENTUM doc series, profiles 3 biological females who reject the traditional, binary concept of gender, preferring instead to occupy a point on the vast spectrum that they feel lies between "male" and "female." Written by Heidi Reinberg

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USA

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English

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August 2006 (USA) See more »

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Friction Films See more »
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This is one third of a good documentary.
21 March 2011 | by jseger9000See all my reviews

It follows three biological females who like to appear masculine, though they are not interested in having a sex change operation.

Kim undergoes the most drastic changes as she embraces her masculinity.

Kim becomes more and more masculine, changing her name and taking testosterone, embracing her own idea of perfection. Her partner Michelle is a lesbian who worries about what it means for her to watch her partner become (in many ways) a man.

Kim/Ryan and Michelle's situation was fascinating and thought provoking and should have been a documentary on its own.

The other two stories are nowhere near as interesting: Lauren hates her neighborhood and wants to run away to San Francisco. Then she does. And that's about all there is to that. This one could have been interesting. I blame the documentarians for poor presentation here.

Why did Lauren hate her neighborhood so much? We are never told. What sort of culture shock (if any) did she experience when she arrives in San Fran? I dunno. When we catch up to her, she's already established herself. There's just not much here.

As for Jill... here's a girl that is already out with a very, very supportive family tying herself in knots about explaining something that (while important to her) is barely understood or cared about by her family. Really, she's only asking then to change a word they might refer to her by. I'm sure this was a milestone in her life and I can empathize, but watching her play Hamlet was dull viewing.

As a whole this is a shallow and clumsy doc on what can be a fascinating subject. If they were to take the section on Kim and Michelle's relationship and expand on it, that would be a documentary worth watching.


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