Sunday, August 29, 2004

"Transgendered Party--Ladies Free"

A sign in front of a nearly empty bar downtown read: "Transgendered Party--Ladies Free."

This is just confusing on so many levels. Who, exactly are the ladies? I saw plenty of women--those born that way and those who discovered their own femaleness later in life--near the place; which of those women could've gotten in free? Then there's the issue of why a bar open-minded enough to host a transgendered party would choose to have a policy that evokes bars where gender roles are far more rigid. "Ladies Free" suggests lots of post-frat-guys living in fear of a "sausage-fest" and trying to get as many tube-top-wearing women into the bar as possible.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see your point, but maybe the bar wasn't all that different from a tube-top quest in terms of neediness. It could be that those interested in transgendered folk far out-number the feminine ones, no matter how these females came into being. So a little financial incentive--on the surface an unenlightened stance--could be just what the doctor ordered.

Anonymous said...

It is not confusing at all. 'Party' is modified by 'transgendered,' which, in the inept parlance of the sign's author, denotes a party that allows both ladies and gentlemen to attend. In other words, a co-ed party.

Myles Culhane said...

This is just too too funny on so many many levels!

Myles Culhane said...

Are ladies admitted free?

Is the party all male (in other words free of ladies)?

Is a transgendered person a lady only when dressed as a lady?

Would it be better to say "Females free?"

If I dress as a lady 183 days per year but as a gentleman 182 days per year - am I a lady or a gentleman?

Are there any "gentlemen free" parties?