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Juggling Gender

  • Rating: ***
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $250.00
  • Date: Copyright 1992. Released 1992.
  • Descriptors: Sex role. Lesbianism. Homosexuality.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Tami Gold. Directed by Tami Gold. Color. 27 min.
  • Available from: Women Make Movies 462 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10013 (212)925-0606
  • Cataloging: 305.489'664 Gender identity||Lesbians - United States||Miller, Jennifer
  • Print Entry #: 4:398
  • Reviewer: Pamela S. Stroup

    This video is graphic and shocking, but professionally done with strong visual impact; the topics may be offensive to some. But there is much to be learned from the life of a 31-year-old bearded lesbian who earns her living as a juggler with a theatrical group called Circus Amok!

    Jennifer Miller confronts stereotypes of gender. Since the age of 17 she has had a beard that she chooses not to shave (no physiological explanation is given for her hirsutism). She is not androgynous, but flows "in and out" from one gender to another. She is often mistaken for a man and feels that this frequent misperception widens her construction of her lesbian and feminist self. An intelligent and talented person who is impossible to describe as either masculine or feminine, she handles her situation with humor and no trace of rancor. It is difficult to tease out her "bearded" self from her lesbian and feminist self. No viewer will be untouched by her questions: "Who am I?" and "How am I?"

    Juggling Gender is appropriate for older adolescents and adults in such courses as developmental psychology, women's issues, contemporary culture, and human sexuality. Produced by women, this video is not just for women, but for all who are interested in the construction of sexual and gender identity.

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