Middle Sexes


Friday, June 23, 2017


Middle Sexes








Kato, what do you mean by “Middle Sexes”?


… good question, Diane… Actually, I watched a documentary titled “Middle Sexes” at the Vancouver Public Library.



“Actual List”


This is the list of movies I’ve recently viewed at the library… Look at the red-rectangled title in the above list!

I see… You watched “Middle Sexes” on May 25, huh?

That’s right.



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I see… so you jotted down the following comment, huh?

This is a 75-minute American television documentary directed by Antony Thomas in 2005.

This film explores the issue of gender and sex, beginning with transgender women dancing at a nightclub.

Then it introduces you to the murder of Gwen Araujo, a teenage transwoman is described in detail by the narrator.



Several acquaintances killed her after finding out that Gwen was born male because two of them had sexual relations with her.

The film then looks at different treatment of gender-variant and people of different sexualities across cultures and history.

Quite interesting is a story of heterosexual college men who were shown gay pornography.

Their physical response was measured.

Men who were considered homophobes were more aroused, but claimed they had no reaction.

This then goes back to Gwen Araujo, who was killed by two men who were insecure about their sexualities because they had sexual relations with her.

All of this supports the theory that people are more likely to get angry at sex, gender, and sexuality differences because they are insecure about their own sexuality or gender identity.

It is one of the profoundly thought-provoking documentaries I’ve ever watched.

I see… Because some people are insecure about their own sexuality or gender identity, they’re more likely to get angry at sex, gender, and sexuality differences, huh?

I think so.

So, Kato, what impressed you most in the above documentary?

In the film I see a tansgender woman called Calpernia Addams.

Calpernia Addams




Calpernia Sarah Addams (born February 20, 1971) is an American author, actress, musician and spokesperson and activist for transgender rights and issues.

Addams grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
She served as a Hospital Corpsman with the Navy and United States Marine Corps.

During her last year in the military, she came out as a transgender woman.
Addams chose the name “Calpernia” from the William Shakespeare play Julius Caesar (a variant spelling of Caesar’s wife Calpurnia) and its appearance on a tombstone in the film The Addams Family.


In 2002, she formed Deep Stealth Productions in Hollywood with Andrea James.




Deep Stealth creates educational and entertainment material around gender-identification issues and the experiences of differently-gendered people.

Addams and James coached Felicity Huffman for her Academy Award-nominated performance as a transgender woman in the film Transamerica.

At the Sundance debut of “Soldier’s Girl“, Addams met Jane Fonda, whose son Troy Garity had played Winchell.




Fonda suggested Addams mount an all-transgender production of The Vagina Monologues.
The production was to contribute funds and help raise awareness of violence against women;
it became the subject of the 2006 documentary film Beautiful Daughters.

A reality television series entitled Transamerican Love Story, featuring Addams choosing among eight suitors, debuted February 11, 2008 on Logo TV.

In April 2008, Addams performed alongside Fonda, Glenn Close, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, and others in a tenth-anniversary production
of The Vagina Monologues at the Louisiana Superdome.

In May 2008, PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chose Addams as PFLAG’s spokesperson for
their educational campaign, This Is Our Love Story.

Addams said, “I hope This Is Our Love Story will help young transgender people as they come out.
By seeing the happy, confident woman I’ve become,
I hope I can act as a role model for these young people at a critical moment in their development.”

Addams writes a blog on gender issues for Psychology Today.

Addams has released a single entitled “Stunning”, available on iTunes.
Addams co-produced the song “The Vagina Song” by Willam Belli, from his debut album The Wreckoning, and made a cameo in the song’s music video.

In 2015, Addams appeared in the international premiere of “Trans Scripts” a new play by Paul Lucas at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.
The production received 24 four and five star reviews, a Fringe First Award, a High Commendation from Amnesty International
and was shortlisted for the Feminist Fest Award, the Best of Edinburgh Award, and the Holden Street Theater Award.

Personal life

In 1999, while working as a performer, Addams began dating PFC Barry Winchell.
Word of the relationship spread at Winchell’s Army base where he was harassed by fellow soldiers and ultimately murdered.
Winchell’s murder and the subsequent trial resulted in widespread press and a formal review of the U.S. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) military policy, ordered by President Bill Clinton.

The case became a prominent example used to illustrate the failure of DADT to protect LGBT service members.
Addams’ and Winchell’s romance and the crimes of their abusers are depicted in the film: “Soldier’s Girl“, released in 2003.

Addams was portrayed by Lee Pace.
A subsequent New York Times article, “An Inconvenient Woman”, documented the marginalization and misrepresentation of transgender sexuality even by gay rights activists.

SOURCES: “Calpernia Addams”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I see… So, Kato, you are quite attracted to the above transwoman, huh?

Yes, I am.

How come?

Well… she looks more feminine and prettier than an ordinary woman.

Do you really think so?

How about you, Diane?

Maybe so, but I think she is more like Pandora’s box.

Pandora’s box?  What do you mean by that?

You see, Kato,… Pandora opened the box and all the evils flew out, leaving only “Hope” inside once she had closed it again.

Yes, I know the episode, but what do you really mean by that?

As you jotted down in the above comment, because some people are insecure about their own sexuality or gender identity, they’re more likely to get angry at sex, gender, and sexuality differences.  While working as a performer, Calpernia Addams began dating PFC Barry Winchell.


Then word of the relationship spread at Winchell’s Army base where he was harassed by fellow soldiers and ultimately murdered, because those soldiers are insecure about their own sexuality.

I see… So you’re saying that Calpernia Addams made those soldiers awake their insecure gender identity, aren’t you?

Yes, I am… In due course, those soldiers got angry at Winchell and killed him.

By opening Pandora’s box, Calpernia Addams performed an action that might’ve seemed small or innocent, but that turned out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching negative consequences, eh?

You’re telling me, Kato… By the way, you also watched “Call me Malcolm.”  Tell me about it.



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This is a 90-minute documentary about Malcolm—a transgender male.

He shares his reflections with candor, eloquence and compassion.

As his travels end in New York after meeting many transgender people, his future seems to hold greater opportunities than he ever could have dreamed.

It is an inspiring, informative and heartwarming documentary.



   Full movie


Malcolm used to be a girl.  And now in the final year of seminary after transgender surgery, he struggles with faith, love, and gender identity. In due course, he also met Calpernia Addams.


So Malcolm will eventually become a minister, huh?

Yes, actually, he’s already been ordained as minister.



Calpernia congratulates him.

Malcolm is a devoted Christian, huh?

Yes, he is as devoted as you are.

I’m NOT that devoted.

Don’t be so modest, Diane.  At least, you’ve been a regular churchgoer.


【Himiko’s Monologue】


Well…, what do you think about transgender people?

Transgender people are persons who have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex.

They are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another.

Transgender is also an umbrella term: in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine.

Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or conceptualize transgender people as a third gender.

Infrequently, the term transgender is defined very broadly to include cross-dressers, regardless of their gender identity.

Interestingly, transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, etc., or may consider conventional sexual orientation labels inadequate or inapplicable.

It is so complicated, huh?

Therefore, most transgender people might face discrimination at and in accessing work, public accommodations, and healthcare.

They are not legally protected from discrimination in many countries.






So, I think Calpernia is quite brave to make a decision to transform her male self into female self.

Well, you can live your life ONLY once.

So, it’s your choice to transform yourself or to stay as you are.

In any case, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …



If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”



“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”



“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”




“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver



Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival


Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump



Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!

Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo



Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


『Actual List』


Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.



The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.









『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』