AZN @ Scream Club

Posted on October 29, 2011 commentaires

Prochaine AZN à la Scream Club : samedi 29 octobre 2011. Comme d'habitude, mais avec une nouvelle clim' et un nouveau vestiaire, le luxe quoi !

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C. Winter Han 「The State of Gaysian America」

Posted on October 19, 2011 commentaires
It’s difficult, I think, to talk about a “state of” anything. How does one go about discussing complex issues in a few hundred words? What are the important points that need to be covered and who decides?

When asked to write this particular op-ed, I imagined a different trajectory, one based on racism in the gay community, homophobia in API communities, the prejudices inflicted on gay Asian Americans, and the perils of negotiating both an “ethnic” and “sexual” identity in a society that values neither of what we have to offer. I’ve made a living writing about racism found in the gay community, written countless pieces, been interviewed by magazines and newspapers, and given talks around the country, all to sympathetic audiences composed almost entirely of other Asian Americans, both gay and ally, or academics invested in issues of race and racism. Then it dawned on me. Writing such a piece, I would be, once again, preaching to the choir. I’m certain the audience for this paper, being who they are, will nod and agree with such a piece. Perhaps even sigh with understanding. Maybe shake their head and remember similar events that have marked their lives or similar thoughts that have crossed their minds. Some will ask what can be done, it will make some seethe in anger ready to rile the troops, and others will answer with “nothing.” But perhaps what is needed now is a different approach, perhaps now is the time to clean our own house before we begin demanding that others clean theirs.

Certainly, there is racism in the gay community and homophobia in API communities. By now, it is so well-documented in both the academic and popular literature that to deny its existence would be an act of utter suspension of disbelief. Sadly, so much of it is directed towards Gaysian Americans. When it is, we mobilize, we stomp our feet, and we lick our wounds of the hurt feelings that racist attacks usually leave. The problem here is that, all too often, we go back to our lives. And all too often, our lives involve the subtle actions that reinforce the very things that upset us, that justify the treatment that we receive, and not only maintain hierarchies of race but contributes to them.

Self-reflection is a painful endeavor. It leads us to challenge our own beliefs, our attitudes, and perhaps most troubling, our actions. It leads us to question how it is that we are contributing to our own “problems” – not simply shift the blame onto someone else, when shifting the blame is so much easier than looking in the mirror and scrutinizing all our own demons.

I suppose there are many ways that we contribute to our own demise. But I want to speak specifically about our desires. Our desires are rarely about “preferences” but mark the way we build hierarchies of worth. When we mark some as being more desirable, we are marking them with more worth, more value, and more power.

When we put white men on a pedestal and deem them more desirable and more attractive than our API brothers, somehow more worthy of our affections and our time, we reinforce the erroneous and dangerous belief that our worth is less. It reinforces the attitude that we can be seen as less valuable because we see ourselves as less valuable.

By now, I’ve heard all the excuses. Some men have told me that dating other Asian guys would be like dating their biological brothers or they just simply want something “different.” But why is it that the desire to not date someone “like our brothers” or someone “different from us” rarely extends to black men or Latino men? Why is it that someone not like our brothers or different from us is always a white man? What are we saying about our own worth when we make subtle arguments that somehow white men have more value than our “brothers”? I have to wonder, when I hear my gay Asian brothers say things like: “I don’t find Asian guys attractive.” What they see when they look in the mirror? Who stares back at them?

It’s time for us to examine our own desires, challenge our own values, and turn the lens of self-reflection on ourselves. Rather than simply reacting to events, circumstances, and situations that infuriate us, we need to critically evaluate our own roles in creating those same events, circumstances, and situations. Before we can demand that others see us as equals, we need to see ourselves as just that. When we make second-class citizens of our own brothers, we ensure that all of us will be treated as second-class, and therefore — second best.

About the author: C. Winter Han
C. Winter Han is an assistant professor of Sociology in the department of Sociology and Anthropology at Middlebury College.

Author: C. Winter Han/Date: October 19, 2011/Source:

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Girls' Generation 소녀시대 「The Boys」

Posted on October 18, 2011 commentaires

Girls' Generation 「The Boys」 - sorti le 18 octobre 2011.

Grand retour des SNSD avec leur troisième album『The Boys』! La chanson titre produite par Teddy Riley (qui a notamment travaillé avec Michael Jackson) vise une diffusion internationale et pour l'occasion, les filles adoptent des looks différents et un style musical plus bitchy (avec un semblant de rap !). Le clip commence comme une pub pour parfum, léché et esthétisant, puis ça enchaîne en pouffiasserie à la After School (ou Pussycat Dolls) dans un décor "techno-minimaliste" glacial. Plutôt réussi, même si au final, on dirait vraiment le dernier Super Junior au féminin...

Coucou, on est les secrétaires déglingos...


En garde ! We are the Queens of K-Pop !


We are Fashion Queens (and we want to pee)!

I am Disco Queen?!

Pour une fois qu'elle sont toutes habillées différemment, les stylistes ont dû se prendre la tête ! On obtient donc un curieux mélange où les SNSD apparaissent en secrétaires déglingos, élisabéthaines, vaporeuses à la『Vanity Fair』, ou reines de la disco...
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Nobuyoshi Araki 荒木経惟 「Muses」

Posted on October 14, 2011 commentaires
Kamel Mennour expose les derniers travaux de Nobuyoshi Araki du 14 octobre au 26 novembre 2011. L'occasion de revoir, entre autres, les photographies de Lady Gaga, aperçues précédemment dans le『Vogue Homme』de septembre 2009.

Lady Gaga par Nobuyoshi Araki pour『Vogue Homme』(septembre 2009)

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Kenny 「“No Asians”– No Bigots」

Posted on October 12, 2011 commentaires
When does a sexual preference become an act of racism?

It’s disconcerting for any gay guy to find that the seemingly magical world of rainbows is as normal as the heterosexual one—meaning that the same bigots and ignoramuses also populate Gay Land.

Take, for example, the issue highlighted in a great article by『fab』Magazine [here too]. Alex Rowlson talks about the tendencies of Grindr (a gay social app for smartphones that could be utilized for hookups) users in stating “No Asians,” “No Blacks,” “No whatever” in their profiles, and how this is reversing what should be the liberating culture of gays. Rowlson calls for all gays to be more inclusive of others, and to do so, change both the language and mentality of our preferences to end the sexual segregation that currently dominates gay culture.

Interestingly, this article has stirred up a blog war among the porn writers at The Sword and Gawker’s Fleshbot (this is relatively safe for work). While The Sword’s Zach October declares the article as an instance of overblown political correctness, Fleshbot’s Cedric Dewittison condemns October for maintaining the view that ultimately continues to support prejudiced behavior. October states that all gay men have a right to declare their sexual preferences, and that the refusal of a certain race for hookups does not imply that one is a racist. Dewittison refutes this argument on the basis that discriminatory language of all forms foster prejudice, and further claims the importance of inclusive language.

From the point of view as a gay of Asian ethnicity and a supposed “victim” of stereotyping, I feel that both make valid arguments.

When I used to go on Grindr with my boyfriend, I remember seeing some of the ignorant messages that circulated through various profiles. I’ve had my fair share of rejections, simply because of my ethnicity, but I realized that I wouldn’t want to associate with the sort of people who tended to judge on outer appearances anyway.

Of course, as The Sword’s October so pointedly states, we cannot judge the gay community based on the douchebags that populate the world, especially in outlets that have a big focus on one-night stands. After all, we know what kind of bad name promiscuous gays bring to the community. I think, however, that the use of such discriminatory language does have an impact on others. Here, Fleshbot’s Dewittison makes a valid point about the importance in how we state our preferences, despite its perceived silliness. Even if you are not of a minority racial group, statements that exclude people still hurts. A phrase like “No whatever” is one step away from saying “No you,” because of one’s appearance or genetic makeup, and nobody likes being judged prematurely.

Fleshbot’s Dewittison, however, fails to mention that any racial statement—negative or positive— creates connotations that are discriminatory. Even phrases like “I love Asian boys” and “I want Latino men” is racist in that it automatically associates certain qualities in their racial stereotypes. As an Asian guy, I’m often assumed to be submissive and physically weak, because of my ethnicity. Please, for the sake of my sanity, can we, for once, refrain from thinking that all Asians are alike? Instead of generalizing people to a stereotype, think about what qualities that constitute the attraction/revulsion is related to the race of a person.

Another point that has been missing from the discussion is the subject of racism within minorities. I sensed from all three writers the generalization that minorities like Asians, blacks, latinos, etc. are always the victims from racial attacks from white guys. This frustrates me to no end. Come on, give us Asians some respect— we can have our own jerks too! I don’t want to get into a whole discussion about the complicated issue of discrimination within the gay Asian community, but just know that there are Asians that can be just as racist.

All in all, the discussion brings up the important issue of sexual preferences and racism. I agree that all gays should be more inclusive in their opinions of what attracts them in guys and avoid the pitfalls of prejudice that so frequently discriminates against gays. I don’t mean to say that everyone should date someone of a different race— just that the world would be a better place if we all kept an open mind and acknowledge the long-term consequences of the things we casually say.

If we gays cannot even tolerate the diversity of voices in our own community, how can we fight the social injustices that we face by others?

Author: Kenny/Date: October 12, 2011/Source:
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Be-ppin べっぴん 「MY・EYE・AH」


Be-ppin 「MY・EYE・AH」 - sorti le 12 octobre 2011.

Les huit mannequins du magazine『BLENDA』, composant ce girl group, ainsi que leurs danseurs, n'ont vraiment pas froid aux fesses ! C'est tout l'intérêt de ce clip, qui illustre un titre pas du tout répétitif et pas du tout plat !

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Alex Rowlson 「Not just a preference」

Alex Rowlson goes head-to-head with the troubling terminology of our desires

We’ve all been there.

You visit a hookup or dating website, cruise somebody’s profile and are confronted with the list: no fats; no femmes; no Asians; no blacks; masc only; my age or younger; str8-acting, you be too; non-scene; and on and on. What we find is a lot of hate when all we want is head.

“Gay men have forgotten how to have sex,” says Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, editor of the forthcoming anthology 「Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?」 “For so long that was supposed to be something gay men were good at, but I’m not so sure anymore. They might be good at the technique but not the openness. Sex should be about opening possibilities, not closing them off.”

The negative language so prevalent on Craigslist and Grindr seems to signal that the culture of sexual liberation has been replaced by sexual segregation.

Gay sexual oppression is catalogued painfully on the Douchebags of Grindr blog, which sorts prejudiced profiles based on everything from racism and sexism to self-hating homophobia. But even though we see it everywhere, most people are as willing to admit to the exclusionary aspects of their desires as Lindsay Lohan is to submit to drug testing — statements are qualified by “Sorry, that’s just what I’m into” or “No hard feelings, it’s just my preference.”

Sycamore says that while people have the right to say what they’re attracted to, they have a responsibility to watch how they say it. “On the one hand, people are stating their preference, but on the other, these are not neutral terms. If we were living in a culture where everything was the same, it wouldn’t be a problem. But when sexual preference reinforces dominant systems of power in an unquestioning way, that’s when it becomes problematic.”

Michael J Faris, co-author of the essay 「Fucking with Fucking Online: Advocating for Indiscriminate Promiscuity」, believes that sexual oppression too often is unexamined. “Desiring one thing more than another I don’t see as a bad thing,” he says. “When you say, ‘I won’t date a black person or won’t sleep with a black person,’ that’s what I see as being racist. If you can’t interrogate your desire, that’s a problem.”

Sociologist Adam Isaiah Green, a faculty member at the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, believes “the concept of sexual racism is too strong and too intentional. Our liberation movement worked to remove shame from sexual desire, and I think we should take a lesson from it in terms of how we deal with the topic of racialized desires. Sensitizing ourselves to the connections between our most inner sexual desires and the sociopolitical landscape we are immersed in also seems like a good way to go.”

Self-described “Queer brown drag queen faggot” ML Sugie, who co-authored the essay with Faris, questions whether strict qualifiers should play any role in desire at all: “I can’t make the case that race, ethnicity, body type, ability — any of it — has any business being involved in hooking up, beyond what people have told me are for aesthetic reasons, which I take to be code for ‘unjustifiable hierarchies that I don’t want to explain.’ It just isn’t intelligible to look at someone and say, ‘I want to reach orgasm by being fucked, but only fucked by a person of this ethnicity or race.’ The connection just doesn’t make sense. What is it about certain ethnicities or races that make it so you just can’t get off or find them sexually attractive? And how fucked up is that?”

As Faris notes, “If attraction didn’t change, you would never see two 80-year-old people together. More than likely, when they were 18 they didn’t find an 80-year-old attractive.” Unless one of them was named Harold and the other was named Maude.

Ali Abbas, author of the essay 「Death by Masculinity」, notes, “Sexual desire will not, like many other things, come naturally. Desire is universal, but how we shape that desire is based on our willingness to pursue it. Who is to say that desire just naturally happens? Why can’t desire be a mode of living that requires contemplation, action and self-reflection rather than strict requirements?”

It seems the terms we use to describe desires are as fluid and hard to define as the desires themselves. Faris doesn’t think universal definitions for terms like “straight-acting” or “masculine” are possible. “When I’m online and someone says, ‘Are you masc?’ my usual response is, ‘What do you mean by that?’ Those things are all culturally relative. I grew up on a farm, and you have these big women who are doing farm work, which is very masculine, but it’s not viewed as being masculine; she’s just being a wife. By femme, what do you mean? Do I gesticulate a lot? Yes. Do I do drag? Yes. Straight acting is the most hilarious term. To be straight is to be attracted to or have sex with women.”

Faris suggests that, instead of using negative terminology that describes what they don’t want, people should explain what they do want and deal with others as individuals. If you aren’t attracted to Asian men because stereotypes suggest they are smooth and you prefer hairy men, you could write, “I like hairy men” on your profile, not “no Asians.” “I think being explicit with what you’re into is more inclusive. It might mask things and make them invisible and harder to discuss. But it still makes things more inclusive,” says Faris. “If someone is reading through a bunch of profiles, at least they don’t feel rejected by 40 profiles that say, ‘no Asian dudes.’”

“Changing negative descriptions into positive descriptions doesn’t change the fact that they are still requirements based on things like race, looks or gender expression,” counters Sugie. “It merely flips the statement from ‘What I don’t want’ to ‘What I require.’ It doesn’t change the content of the message, only the wording. Why is it so important that someone find a slim, masculine, hairy, buff man? Do you have some sort of vintage sling with a really low weight limit? A grand piano you’d like him to help you move after you fuck? What exactly are you going to do that requires such a specific, acrobatic person — and can I watch?”

What else can be done to change our bad behaviours? Sycamore believes that confronting others’ desires as well as one’s own is effective. He recalls challenging someone for having ‘no Asians’ written in his profile: “He said my distaste was ‘just because you’re Asian.’ It’s fascinating that people think the only ones who could be offended by this racist thing is someone who’s Asian.”

Raymond Miller, author of Little Kiwi’s Word Museum of Wonder and Terror blog, revels in challenging people and frequently shares his Grindr exchanges. “I’ve received so much mail in support of it. There’s the occasional letter that says, ‘Who the fuck do you think you are.’ The irony is that they say, ‘How dare you judge me’ when they’re judging everyone else. And it’s always white boys that can’t believe someone doesn’t want them because they’re supposedly the gold standard.”

Miller has an interesting proposal for driving home the point that putdowns in the form of come-ons are not welcome in our culture. “I want to organize a sexual boycott. Maybe if people stop getting laid they’ll realize what they’re doing is prejudiced. I don’t know why some guys only want to fuck Hitler’s Youth. I think it’s ugly, and I don’t want to reward that. Tell them that because of what they say, they’re not getting laid tonight.”

Sugie suggests a different strategy: “If you’re just trying to hook up, don’t be so picky about it. Indiscriminate promiscuity is about letting go of our notions that we should measure someone’s sexual worth based on scripted notions of race, class, gender expression, body and ability, and instead focus on creative sexual acts.”

Green goes further: “Foucault once proposed that we craft a sexuality not on desire, but pleasure. Desire is heavily psychoanalyzed, but bodily pleasure much less so. He believed that one starting point for a less socially disciplined sexuality was to focus on the pleasures of bodies — the pleasures our own bodies receive in sexual play and the pleasures we feel when giving sex.”

Words can beat people down, but it’s within our power to change how we frame our desires, and even to change our desires to create more inclusive screwing. By challenging ourselves and others we can expand our desires. So go out there and be indiscriminately promiscuous. Or deny that bigoted beefcake a hookup because of his prejudiced profile.

Just make sure you tell him there are no hard feelings — it’s just a preference.

Alex Rowlson is a freelance writer who is working on his PhD in history at the University of Toronto.

Author: Alex Rowlson/Date: October 12, 2011/Source:
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AZN @ Scream Club 「Girly and Kpop Edition」

Posted on October 08, 2011 commentaires

AZN s'autorise une soirée supplémentaire à la Scream Club, le samedi 8 octobre 2011 ! Est annoncée une sélection spéciale pouffiasses coréennes et internationales, et "Inclus les very last K-hits & classics : Kara, 2NE1, Bigbang, 2PM, SNSD, SHINee, Teen Top, Hyuna, GD & TOP, f(x), BoA, 4minute"... Autrement dit, comme d'habitude quoi !
Ça me rappelle l'aut' fois : j'étais du côté tafiole, ils passaient 「The Edge Of Glory」 de Lady GaGa, et j'aime pas cette chanson, alors j'suis allé du côté Gym Queen, ils passaient 「The Edge Of Glory」 de Lady GaGa, et j'aime pas cette chanson... Intéressant, n'est-ce pas ?
Bon, même si c'est toujours pareil, AZN fighting !

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Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
東京国際レズビアン&ゲイ映画祭 2011

Posted on October 07, 2011 commentaires

Pourquoi too much ?!

Le vingtième Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (TIL&GFF) se déroulera donc du 7 au 10 octobre 2011 à... Tokyo. Voilà, c'était juste pour l'info !
Au programme des films inconnus et qu'on ne verra probablement jamais : 「Romeos」 de Sabine Bermardi, 「Bloomington」 de Fernanda Cardoso, 「Going Down in LA-LA LAND」 de Casper Andreas, 「Wish Me Away」 de Bobbie Birleffi et Beverly Kopf, 「Eating Out: The Open Weekend」 de Q. Allan Brocka, 「The Secret Diaries Of Miss Anne Lister」 de James Kent. Mais aussi : 「Kaboom」 de Gregg Araki, qu'on adore, le film français : 「Tomboy」 de Céline Sciamma, le japonais : Coming Out Story」 de Kei Umezawa, qui a pas l'air super mais bon, c'est c'est quand fait par une japonaise (!), et le documentaire : 「We Were Here」 de David Weissman, sûrement très intéressant.

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