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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.

  • Samuel

    Chromosomal sex; XX for female and XY for male, is one way to determine sex. But it gets complicated when you regard situations such as 45,X0 or 47, XXY, or even genetic mosaicism where a person might have both cells with XX and XY in their body. And even with typical sex chromosomes, there are numeral conditions that affect the sex phenotype of the individual http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disorders_of_sex_development

    There are many parameters for sex determination, chromosomal, gonadal, appearance of external genitalia, but they may be complex and inconclusive, so it really makes most sense to let the self experienced mental gender be the deciding factor..

    These portraits are both very interesting and beautiful!

  • Sterling West

    gen·der
    ?jend?r/
    noun
    1.
    the state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones).
    “traditional concepts of gender”
    synonyms:sex More

    2.
    GRAMMAR
    (in languages such as Latin, Greek, Russian, and German) each of the classes (typically masculine, feminine, common, neuter) of nouns and pronouns distinguished by the different inflections that they have and require in words syntactically associated with them. Grammatical gender is only very loosely associated with natural distinctions of sex.

  • Sterling West

    Gender as opposed to biological sex is determined by the culture in which someone was raised. We are taught that certain behaviors are appropriate for our biological sex, and many many many studies have shown that what is the norm for one culture’s view of what is feminine will not always be shared. Sex is determined at conception. Gender may not match sex, either in part, or in whole. Some people then feel enough distress to decide to change the sex to match the gender. This is pretty stand sociology here.

  • Sterling West

    I thought the few photos I saw were interesting but I felt the treatment of gender as a binary was a bit incorrect. Not everyone fits one of two checkboxes when it comes to their gender. Sometimes it is a spectrum, sometimes it is fluid, or sometimes it may not even fit the male/female dichotomy. To say “he” is dressing like a girl or being feminine doesn’t truly get the point across that he/she/zhee/they are really just being who they are and that may encompass a wide variety of gender traits or include traits that have neutral or absent gender value.

  • Maia

    Quite recently the first person was categorized as the third, unknown gender in Australia. This person was born male, prefers to be referred to as ‘her’ and does not fit one of the two boxes we are aloud to check.

    Just because the dictionary, written last century, defines gender and sex as the same does not mean we should.

  • Porro

    I’m not sure why anyone is listening to this troll. Just read a couple of the other comments she’s posted on other articles – it’s obvious she’s either extremely misinformed on a multitude of topics or she’s pranking everyone.

  • Andreß

    Although sex is determined at conception, gender entails more than the combination of your X and Y chromosomes. There’s 22 more pairs, some of which determine whether you’ll be attracted to your own sex, or the other. Other combinations may lead to your brain developing as a different gender than your genitals. Genetics isn’t black and white and there’s still much to learn.