Masculine Women! Feminine Men! - a queer Hollywood history fanvid

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  • Published on Mar 1, 2021
  • An exploration of the queer characters and tropes of Hollywood films of the 1920s and 1930s (with a few 1910s films and just a hint of Some Like It Hot thrown in for good measure). Set to "Masculine Women, Feminine Men" as performed by Irving Kaufman.
    Sources are listed in subtitles and at Letterboxd: letterboxd.com/tafadhali/list...
    There are detailed notes and further reading suggestions at AO3: archiveofourown.org/works/297...
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Comments • 47

  • Ramona of 12th dimension
    Ramona of 12th dimension 8 months ago +72

    I adore you for putting this together. I feel like this song, especially with the old movie clips really shows how we’ve always been here. Homophobes just mad we exist. Definitely wanna add some of these to my Watchlist!

    • Pogo 3000
      Pogo 3000 4 months ago +3

      I love how you worded it the same, now I have to mention: I have a playlist on Spotify going called “Always Been Here” and Im compiling songs from the 20s-70s that are kinda like LGBTQIA history... if u have time give it a listen it’ll shatter your sheltered world if u have oppressive Christian parents... gay has always been this way and is here to stay as I say

    • Tafadhali
      Tafadhali  8 months ago +10

      Thank you, I really wanted to convey the "we've always been here" message with this :)

  • lexi neilson
    lexi neilson 9 months ago +44

    this is so exceptionally lovely--the music is beautifully synchronized and the way you've done it makes it so celebratory. all of these are going on my letterboxd asap, many thanks! xx

    • Tafadhali
      Tafadhali  9 months ago +3

      Thank you! I really wanted it to feel like a celebration and to introduce people to new (old) films, so I'm glad it succeeded on both counts for you.

  • Grace Lissë
    Grace Lissë 11 months ago +36

    this is an incredible video thank you so much. also thank you for the list of sources because you have expanded my to-watch list significantly!

    • Tafadhali
      Tafadhali  11 months ago +1

      I'm so glad you liked it and have some new viewing material to look forward to!

  • Quintus de paarse goochelaar

    I love this song. Nice filmclips too!

  • Cynthia Frank
    Cynthia Frank 19 days ago

    This compilation is SO well done! And you included my 2 favorites: Jolson in "Wonderbar" and Dietrich in "Morocco." (And a brief shot of Louise Brooks)

    • Tafadhali
      Tafadhali  18 days ago

      Dietrich is luminous in Morocco!

  • Chiachi Mariachi
    Chiachi Mariachi 6 months ago +24

    If you ever feel bad about yourself, just remember…
    *Some old white masculine man in the 1920s wrote this song because he couldn’t handle the world changing around him. You’re already doing better than him by existing💖*

    • David
      David 3 months ago

      @LaVerdadEsMuyCatólica I hope you understood my comment and were referring to the homophobic bigots that Chiachi Mariachi was talking about.

    • LaVerdadEsMuyCatólica
      LaVerdadEsMuyCatólica 3 months ago

      @David precisely, Sir. We should fix such abominations.

  • I wanna feel some tits
    I wanna feel some tits 10 months ago +5

    This video is so great. Thanks for the sources too💕

  • Bella Jones
    Bella Jones 3 months ago +1

    Love that you included the letterboxd list! These are all on my watchlist now

  • Net Bathetic
    Net Bathetic Year ago +9

    omfg this is awesome!!!!

  • Ashhh h
    Ashhh h 10 months ago +5

    this is brilliant.

  • Max Rider
    Max Rider 6 months ago +7

    Hey where do I find other songs like this. I love it. Old songs that talk about gay people or people who break the gender norms.

    • Tafadhali
      Tafadhali  6 months ago +9

      I learned about this song from the book "David Bowie Made Me Gay," which is kind of an encyclopedia of queer music history. There are probably also spotify playlists!

  • mossie_witch
    mossie_witch 5 months ago +2

    im transmasc in a (closed) poly relationship with 2 other masculine people, and one of them loves super vintage stuff and showed me this song lol

  • alba17
    alba17 3 months ago

    This is amazing. Where did you find this song? Perfect.

    • Tafadhali
      Tafadhali  3 months ago

      It was mentioned in a book about the history of queer music called David Bowie Made Me Gay! (And then I saw it in a tiktok the day after I finished this, lol.)

  • sounds effecter
    sounds effecter Year ago +3

    what a nice video :-D greta

  • Blade Star 2
    Blade Star 2 2 months ago +1

    As a fan of old movies, including Silents, I have a few of these in my collection.

  • Dreadful Spiller
    Dreadful Spiller 11 months ago +4

    1:30 What movie is this from?

    • Dreadful Spiller
      Dreadful Spiller 11 months ago

      @Tafadhali Thanks.

    • Tafadhali
      Tafadhali  11 months ago +3

      It's from Call Her Savage -- you can see the whole scene here: thexvid.com/video/auvYc8hM8XU/video.html

  • salem edits
    salem edits 7 months ago +11

    i love hate this song like i hate the point of it, but i think the song kinda slaps

    • Daddy Cool
      Daddy Cool 6 months ago +1

      this song is awful but it makes me feel so gender

  • rachel fish
    rachel fish 2 months ago +1

    Wow people have been saying the same crap for 100 years!
    The more things change, the more things stay the same

  • GLOBAL AM
    GLOBAL AM 5 months ago +2

    Hollywood Gays

  • Alexandra
    Alexandra Year ago +1

    fuck yeah!

  • TheSunRiseKid
    TheSunRiseKid Year ago +10

    Great video! The problem is it’s 1 million times worse today!!! I don’t care what people do on their own time but when the administration is using taxpayers money to pay for gender studies it becomes aggravating!!!😡

    • Andrea Damon
      Andrea Damon 2 months ago

      Worse as in this was already bad? So why do you like the video again? Enough to put in in your favorites even?

    • Ramona of 12th dimension
      Ramona of 12th dimension 8 months ago +5

      Yup, all the student debt is just held by stem majors, art students and the social sciences totally get a free ride, that’s definitely how the system works. (this is sarcasm)

    • jazz
      jazz 8 months ago +20

      It's not even a problem, mate... Some of the people have always been transgender or non-binary, all that changed is that they got more or less acceptance with time.

    • TheSunRiseKid
      TheSunRiseKid 11 months ago +2

      @Tafadhali I enjoyed your video entirely. I actually saved it in my favorites when I seen it. I just noticed now your comment on my comment. I didn’t miss the point. I was just commenting with my opinion. God bless you🙏

    • Tafadhali
      Tafadhali  Year ago +47

      Yeah you missed the point

  • ꧁Christopher꧂
    ꧁Christopher꧂ 5 months ago +1

    I'm ok with Masculine Woman, not the other way around

    • donovan
      donovan 2 months ago +8

      hope you get better lmfao. love myself a feminine man

    • David
      David 3 months ago +15

      Maybe that's something you should work on.