Joy Young – “The Queer Hokey-Pokey” (IWPS 2014)



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22 thoughts on “Joy Young – “The Queer Hokey-Pokey” (IWPS 2014)

  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    I did this. I cut off all my hair to look like my identity. It's hard to come back from.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    As a poem it's a load of shit but I like it, why not just write a short essay to read in front of the audience.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    A haircut has whatever meaning you give it. Who cares what other people think or believe you are because of a haircut. You know who you are. Fuck everything else. Individuals are exposed to different things. If they don't understand why you did something, it's due to ignorance or lack of exposure to that specific thing. You either explain it to them or don't. Don't let it torment you.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    I had to watch this twice because I couldn't listen to her the first time… I was too fascinated by her beautiful haircut <3

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    My hair is almost shoulder length now but a little over a year ago I shaved my head to as short as it could be and still be called a pixie cut. My fiance, he was my boyfriend then, joked and said "great. I'm dating a dude. Now I'll have to fight all the girls hitting on you too." He was only being playful and joking because he later told me that he honestly thought that I have never been more beautiful because I was no longer hiding behind my hair, but that is besides the point. My dad, however, wasn't joking when he said "Why did you cut your hair. Now you look like one of those 'funny girls.'" When did being a boy/girl/straight/bi/gay/lesbian/trans person have to look a certain way? If I am being honest I have never felt more confident in myself as a woman than when my hair was shaved. EVERYBODY….be who you want to be, look how you want to look. Do what makes you comfortable and what makes you happy and what makes you feel good about yourself! That is what really matters.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    I love this so much. My senior year of high school my hair was down to my waist. Whenever I told people I was gay, they would look at me with confusion. People asked me why I dated a girl who was so "boyish" since i like girls, as if her hairstyle and clothing dictated whether she had a vagina or not.
    We are not our clothes, or our hair, or even our sexuality. Those things are only a piece of what we are.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    Lmao i already shaved my head…Subtlety trying to tell my mom i'm not straight. I've already dyed my hair blue and purple….next is pink. not that she knows what colors the bi flag is πŸ˜›

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    This one… Oh my god. This one really struck a chord with me. I'm kinda concerned I don't "look queer enough"… I mean, I really want my hair shorter bc daMN I LOVE THE STYLES but I don't want to give into a stereotype and make it worse, y'know?

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    "But you look straight"
    "Well…I'm not. Sorry for not tattooing 'I'm pansexual' on my face so that you would know."

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    I love femmes and I've don't want them to cut of their hair to look gay.

    But with so many straight women flirting with me and then backing off, if you want me not to think you're straight, something's got to stand out. I liked it when people used to wear rainbow jewellery.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    Soooo relatable. "I would've never guessed, you don't look gay." Getting my hair chopped off was more validating than it probably should have been. You'd think we'd be beyond that sort of thing.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    This poem speaks to me πŸ™ I am lesbian but no one ever believes me because of how I look. Who I am and how I express myself should not be judged by anyone.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    I found this poem honestly amazing. I myself am straight, but I have had so many people assume i was lesbian due to my short hair. No matter how many times I've told people I am straight, they always say,"but you don't lool straight" and I honestly am confused by this. Hell, even when I've had crushes on boys everybody still assumed my sexuality because of my hair or looks. I done like dresses, I have to wear a skirt for school, but out of school? A simple jeans and t shirt. Just because i don't have half of my skin showing and having multiple boyfriends a week, I'm lesbian. I've grew my hair, and it's now just above my shoulders,but people STILL asume i'm not straight just because my hair isn't down to my waist. I hate the term "but you don't look straight" or "you don't look gay/lesbian/bi" because sexuality isn't afflicted by looks.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    I recently cut off all my long blue hair because I was so sick of dudes asking me out, asking me for my number, or cat calling me.

    I felt invisible to the gender I longed to notice me and like a red flag to the gender I wanted to leave me alone.

    I had grown my hair so long to disprove the stereotype of lesbians only have short hair but it became a cage for me. It got so annoying to deal with to the point where it became an emotional burden.

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    She like perfectly described my haircut I got recently, and she also nailed the feelings that came with it. I freaking love my queer bat signal and it's pretty obvious that any dude flirting with me is wasting both of our time

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  • September 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm
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    I don't even identify as femme – I'm transmasculine, but I have long blonde hair that everyone reads as such – Β and I feel this so hard. I've had literally three nightmares this week about getting my hair cut, because I was considering it for exactly this reason.

    ………I think I'm gonna not.

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