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Evocative Portraits of Transgender Youth by Bettina Rheims

Bettina Rheims

Gender Studies is a portrait series by Parisian photographer Bettina Rheims exploring 25 people who evade the categorization of being male or female. Working with young transgender subjects, Rheims became fascinated by their androgyny and the transitional states of change and balance between both sexes. An exchange between the viewer and subject, the series is a study of people living beyond stereotyped classifications of gender.

Gender Studies is currently on display at Camera Work in Berlin until December 1st.

Bettina Rheims

Bettina Rheims

Bettina Rheims

Bettina Rheims

This post was contributed by contributing editor Amanda Gorence.

via Le Journal de la Photographie

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  • cjkw67

    Keep in mind that EVERYONE has an opinion, I will NOT tell YOU what to think and would appreciate the same from you! If you are born with a penis, you are a MALE. If you are born without a penis then you are a FEMALE. EOS!

  • _ragdoll

    Opinions are sort of like farts. Nobody wants to hear it, it probably stinks, and yet you still feel the need to let one out from time to time.

  • ssemilyg

    You are correct in terms of biological sex, however gender is something entirely different. Male doesn’t exclusively mean “man” and female doesn’t exclusively mean “woman.” It’s a simple concept really; I don’t know why society has so much trouble with it.

  • Tiffany Gamboa

    Agree! If anyone knew anything about how we develop they wouldnt be so closed minded.

  • Tiffany Gamboa

    Seriously go read a book. We develop our sexual orientation and gender way before our genitals. Opinions are stupid, use facts.

  • cjkw67

    male
    m?l/
    adjective
    adjective: male
    1.
    of
    or denoting the sex that produces small, typically motile gametes, esp.
    spermatozoa, with which a female may be fertilized or inseminated to
    produce offspring.
    “male children”
    synonyms:masculine, virile, manly, macho; More
    manlike, mannish
    “it’s his male jealousy, which is nearly always unfounded”
    antonyms:female
    relating to or characteristic of men or male animals; masculine.
    “male unemployment”
    (of a plant or flower) bearing stamens but lacking functional pistils.
    (of parts of machinery, fittings, etc.) designed to enter, fill, or fit inside a corresponding female part.
    noun
    noun: male; plural noun: males
    1.
    a male person, plant, or animal.
    “the audience consisted of adult males”

    fe·male
    ?f??m?l/
    adjective
    adjective: female
    1.
    of
    or denoting the sex that can bear offspring or produce eggs,
    distinguished biologically by the production of gametes (ova) that can
    be fertilized by male gametes.
    “a herd of female deer”
    relating to or characteristic of women or female animals.
    “a female audience”
    synonyms:feminine, womanly, ladylike More
    “female attributes”
    antonyms:male
    (of a plant or flower) having a pistil but no stamens.
    (of parts of machinery, fittings, etc.) manufactured hollow so that a corresponding male part can be inserted.
    noun
    noun: female; plural noun: females
    1.
    a female person, animal, or plant.

  • cjkw67

    Gender is determined immediately upon fertilization. The 23rd pair of
    chromosomes establishes the sex of the baby. The mother’s egg contains
    an X chromosome, while the father’s sperm carries either another X or a Y
    chromosome. An XX combination means your baby is female and an XY
    combination means your baby is male. This means that the baby’s gender
    is determined before it is even considered a fetus.

  • cjkw67

    FACT-
    Gender is determined immediately upon fertilization. The 23rd pair of
    chromosomes establishes the sex of the baby. The mother’s egg contains
    an X chromosome, while the father’s sperm carries either another X or a Y
    chromosome. An XX combination means your baby is female and an XY
    combination means your baby is male. This means that the baby’s gender
    is determined before it is even considered a fetus.