Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mae West: Without a Stitch

"I've seen MAE WEST without a stitch and she's all woman," proclaimed designer Edith Head. "No hermaphrodite could have bosoms... well, like two large melons." Head, an Oscar-winning Hollywood costumer, was debunking the rumor that Mae was actually a man.
• • Edinburgh columnist Lee Randall reminds us of this long-standing hokum and the raging misogyny behind it.
• • Lee Randall writes: My late, great, best friend had many eccentricities, among them the insistence that any man who was at all accomplished, adorable and generally worth paying attention to was obviously a member of his brethren — — that is, gay.
• • Lee Randall explains: He also insisted, right up until the day she died and was autopsied and the matter, along with her remains, was finally laid to rest, that Mae West was a man.
• • Lee Randall adds: Giggle if you must, but this was a very popular urban myth. Some people ignorantly refuse to accept that a woman can be talented, sexually predatory, pro-gay rights (her play about homosexuality was banned in New York in 1927) and decked out like a drag queen if he/she/ it isn't actually a drag queen. So when . . . .
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• • Article: "Elton simply picked one of the good guys for his own team…"
• • By: Lee Randall
• • Published in: The Scotsman [Edinburgh]
• • Published on: 20 February 2010

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• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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