Genderplayful Marketplace: The Videos, The Love.

Update! The fundraiser is live and we’re over here now: http://genderplayful.tumblr.com

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Wow. Okay. Hi. So it sounds like you want a Genderplayful Marketplace to happen. Awesome.

I’ve been humbled and overwhelmed by the letters, comments, tweets, likes, views, posts, and reblogs from the last 5 days. Ya’ll are phenomenal.

And videos are a lot to ask. I know. So far I’ve received four of them. I can work with that, but really, it would make a huge difference to our upcoming fundraising effort if we could bring in more. Also: all of the videos I’ve received so far appear to be from transmasculine crowd (trans men, butch/androgynous women). These are fantastic, and please keep them coming, but it would also mean a lot to the balance of the project if we could pull in some representing trans women, femmes (men, women, and so on), drag queens, and other genderfabulous faces.

So here’s where we get serious. If you’ve been thinking about making a short video of yourself explaining why this marketplace is important to you, go do it. Get it done. Go go go! Don’t worry too much about making it clean and perfect — I’ll be editing it down to chunks and weaving it together with other videos. You will be beautiful.

The best way to send them appears to be through Google Docs. Just log in, hit “Upload”, get it up there, and then hit “Share.” Share it with genderplayful@gmail.com.

For those who might be new to this conversation, here’s my overview of the project, complete with me sitting naked in a towel:

And here’s a small handful of the things people have written…

Why is a marketplace for androgynous clothing important? Because of people like me.

I want to be able to dress up, feel comfortable, feel like myself on a daily basis. I want to be able to have variety in my clothing styles besides just “jeans and a t-shirt” while mainting an androgynous image. I want suits and dresses and kilts and dress shirts that don’t accentuate the fact that I was born biologically female. I want to be able to find a place to buy and replace binders and packers of all varieties. I want a place where boots and shoes are bought and sold that fit my feet and don’t have a high heel.

To those trying to get this project off the ground, and turn this into a reality, I am grateful.

You’ve been to the department stores…

Here is an example of a genetic male androgyne shopping experience:

Go into any department store and look for clothes in the mens section, and you will find the following colors: beige, brown, gray, black, and navy blue. If you’re lucky you’ll find some red, forest greens, or maybe even a colorful Hawaiian shirt. The only place you’ll ever find a sense of color is in men’s dress shirts, but they all of the same cut, and usually are solids or pinstriped if you’re lucky – no scoop neck, V-neck, or something innovative and fun. If you want teal trousers or a paisley patterned shirt then you’re out of luck. Also, the men’s clothing isn’t fitted – it’s meant to fit baggy and not show off your figure. Fitted shirts or slacks are a rarity for men in department stores.

So you go shop in the women’s section and find the color and pattern you’ve been looking for. But the sizes aren’t big enough, the tail of the shirt is too short to tuck into your pants, the darts in the shirt are useless on your flat chest. The trousers would look cute on you, but don’t fit right around the hips, so you find a pair that does, but the pant cuffs are too short and barely cover your ankles.

I think there is a niche market for genderqueer fashion – the only other option I see is to break out my sewing machine and spend all of my free time making my own clothes, and I’m not that good at it anyway.

–Timi

Buying from our peers just feels better.

Where I get my stuff from matters to me. I like the idea of being able to dress the way I want to and buy from my community at the same time. I love the idea of a place where the genderqueer community could come together to swap second hands stuff that worked. I adore the idea of having a place to talk about how to make stuff fit or look cool with other people who get it. It would be fabulous to have a place where I could find people who made genderqueer stuff and support them in making my life a little bit easier.

I am also super excited about having a place where I could sell (or heck, give away) some of my funky femme clothes to my super beautiful funky femme brothers and sisters and siblings.

These are rocking my world, ya’ll. Keep the stories coming!

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Update! The fundraiser is live and we’re over here now: http://genderplayful.tumblr.com

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7 Responses to “Genderplayful Marketplace: The Videos, The Love.”

  1. Nikki Says:

    I’m a transwoman! and I’m trying to put out a video but have been busy with finals. it will be up by the weekend tho! :) keep up the awesomeness!

  2. Kat Says:

    I’m a born-female androgyne and jewelry artist who also dabbles in sewing, knitting, crochet, etc. I think it would be wonderful to have a marketplace where I could buy and sell items made for genderqueer folks feminine, masculine or androgynous. I’d love the opportunity to support the community, and I’m sure that like etsy I would find many fabulous and fun, unique items made by others to add to my own style.

  3. Vicky Says:

    Will more (or all) of the letters/comments/videos/etc. be posted eventually? I would absolutely love to see what other people have been saying about this.

  4. Sarah Dopp Says:

    Yep! I’m going to start pushing them out next week when I launch the Kickstarter campaign, and will keep pushing them out as they keep coming in.

    But you can see a lot of the comments already here and here.

  5. Vicky Says:

    Awesome! I love reading about others’ struggles finding clothing that fits their bodies/styles. It makes me feel like I’m not alone.

  6. Lauren Buchsbaum Says:

    Just wanted to say that I think this is a suuuper-duper nifty idea. I am biologically female and identify as female, but I’m still really dissatisfied at all this gender binary goin’ on in typical clothing stores. God forbid I walk over to the men’s side and start looking at stuff!

    This site sounds like it will not only allow us to shop the way we want to, it’ll give everyone a space to come together and commiserate and share experiences… a gender playful market water cooler, if you will.

    So excited to hear about progress with this, Sarah. Your dedication is oh-so-inspiring, and I know it’ll rock our genderplayful socks off!

  7. Jay Says:

    Awesome idea. Be sure to post here when you launch the Kickstarter so we can spread the word for funding.

    p.s. any particular reason you chose Kickstarter? I shopped around on crowdfunding sites for a while for my own projects and decided on IndieGogo over Kickstater. Would like to hear your thoughts on why you’re going with Kickstarter if you don’t mind. (Just curious)