Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On Trans Gender Day of Remembrance: Genesis P Orridge and Lady Jaye

EDIT JUNE 20, 2017: We read and discussed Cosey Fanni Tutti's autobiography and have come to the conclusion that Genesis is a person with a horrifically abusive history detailed up until extremely recently which makes us believe Genesis has not changed. Rather than delete this entry, we've decided to post a note instead in the interest of showing how learning and growth are good things. Now we know better.

Trans gender day of remembrance started to bring visibility to the struggles and deaths of trans people we have lost from our communities over the years whether it be due to suicide, murder, or natural causes. How do I make it work for this blog? Being a person that likes to work on positivity, I also want to remember the survivors, the weirdos, those still living, to celebrate the good things as well.

What a better way to do that than to talk about someone who has fucked gender so hard and good it doesn't know which way is up.

Image: Genesis P. Orridge holding their child. Both are light skinned and looking into the camera. The child is pointing into the camera, her hand obscuring part of her face, and is wearing a striped had. Genesis has short cropped hair and an earring.

Meet the Pandrogyne: The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

 Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is best known as the godfather of industrial music -- specifically, as the founding member of Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, and Thee Majesty. But long before DJs and record-collectors sought out his (nowadays) highly-prized vinyl, P-Orridge first established himself as an artist who thrived on challenging the boundary between the sacred and profane -- including ejaculating in front of an audience of uptight British art patrons in a performance piece...

The depth of P-Orridge's frightening brand of genius is both difficult to grasp and nearly impossible to describe...

Image: Lady Jaye and Genesis P Orridge close-up face shot. Both of them are light skinned and wearing large dark sunglasses. Lady Jaye is wearing a striped black and white hat and both of them are wearing gold earrings.

 And it need not be described or defined. Gender is mine, and yours, and ours. A social construct to be molded in anyway we desire. And Genesis Breyer P-Orridge does just that. I think it's romantic.    

“My project is not about gender. Some feel like a man trapped in a woman’s body, others like a woman trapped in a man’s body. The pandrogyne says, I just feel trapped in a body. The body is simply the suitcase that carries us around. Pandrogyny is all about the mind, consciousness.” -Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

“The body is not sacred. It is, as Lady Jaye used to say, ‘a cheap suitcase.’ And it carries around the real you, which is your consciousness, your mind, your thoughts, your aspirations and dreams,’” said P-Orridge, 62, speaking by phone from New York. “Surely, the container should be as wonderful and amazing and imaginative as you can make it.” -More on Pandrogyne here.

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