Arquette sister Alexis is now appearing on VH1’s The Surreal Life. I was nervous when I heard this, because I was afraid she would be used for endless tranny jokes and mistreated in editing. Well, having seen the first episode now, I can say I’m no longer so worried about that.
Alexis seems to want to educate as many people as possible about the women and men like her who have had to take steps to feel at home in their own bodies and lives. She also seems like something of an attention whore/drama queen who isn’t ashamed to admit it, and someone whose natural charm probably gets her out of a lot of the scraps her inner bitch goddess gets her into.
I don’t know for sure if she’s the first openly trans woman on reality TV, but I can’t think of any others. I do know I’ll watch just to see more of her and how the other sub-celebs react to her, and most of all how the producers and editors present her story.
She has not yet even had top surgery, I believe, but she stated that she no longer wishes any images of her in her career as a man to be shown, though they did show one anyway, of course, but it was very brief and amongst many other images of her as herself. She did indicate that she’s going for surgery soon.
Everything about Alexis on the show says “drag queen” to me, not “woman.” She behaves as a woman pretty much exactly how she behaved as a drag queen (c.f. Wigstock). It must be exhausting to live with her performing 24 hours a day.
Everything except the woman’s own words. Sorry she’s not living up to your standards for femaleness, but for one, I don’t think we’ve seen enough to know she’s constantly “on”, and for another, of course she’s behaving the same. She’s the same person. It’s not like there’s some “girl” switch that gets flipped when a transwoman transitions, giving her a whole new personality.
I’m not saying she’s not a woman. I’m saying that the way she’s presenting herself as a woman is remarkably identical to how she presented herself as a drag queen. And generally speaking, the drag queens I’ve known in and out of drag don’t act like drag queens when they’re not in drag. They have separate personae. Alexis, based on not only what we’ve seen on the show but what I’ve seen of her in other settings, seems only to have the one. It has nothing to do with my standards of femaleness.
You’re confusing me, then. What does “I’m saying that the way she’s presenting herself as a woman is remarkably identical to how she presented herself as a drag queen.” mean? What’s remarkable about it? She’s the same person she always was. She has, as I noted in my OP, a hell of a personality, it’s true, but so what?
I guess you must have only known one kind of drag queen, then. I’ve known many different kinds, and some are definitely divas all the time.
She doesn’t interest me at all. The playboy model is all sorts of hot though. The guy they had compete to get on seems utterly pointless. Obviously they didn’t think the current cast were ridiculous enough as is. I’d still throw one into Tanwy Kitaen though.