Year of the Gender Bender | Year In Review | Chicago Reader

Year of the Gender Bender 

Blame it on Sesame Street.

K.B. Daughtry (right): "Gender is an important issue now for the 20-somethings. As I see it, it's nobody's business besides my own whether I'm male or female. Gender has nothing to do with biology. Gender is mutable.

"Our hair is a coloration on gender. It's also Muppet identification. This is something firmly rooted in what everybody's calling Generation X. We all grew up watching Sesame Street. On Sesame Street gender wasn't an issue."

Kriss DeJong (left): "A lot of the Muppets were completely gender neutral. And they all had brightly colored hair. Through the media there was a lot of information coming to us as children that this was pretty normal. And now everybody wonders why we're so weird. We're saying, 'We're not attacking you with our hair. This is what you showed us when we were four years old."

"I think if we didn't define gender at all, it would take care of a lot of inequalities across the board--because then it wouldn't matter if you were with a man or with a woman, or if you were a man or woman, whether it was in social situations, or in the workplace."

K.B.: "I love my job. I'm a quality-control manager at a metal-stamping plant, the only biological female among 25 males. I work well with the men. If they give me trouble I tell them 'Not only is my dick bigger than yours, but I have four or five of them.'"

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Lloyd DeGrane.

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