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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Top 10 Gender Benders of the 80's

The 80's was a decade of quite a bit of androgyny. Guys were wearing makeup and sporting long hair and girls were cutting their hair short, some even had buzz cuts. Lot's of guys were looking like girls and lots of girls were looking like guys. Lucky we got out of the decade not completely confused Adam was Adam and Eve was Eve and not vice versa.

So, who were the biggest Gender Bender Offenders??? Well, let's count them down.

Michael Caine
Dressed To Kill (1980)

Michael Caine donned a wig, shades and a trench coat to play a psychopathic psychiatrist in the 1980 movie Dressed To Kill.

Peter Scolari & Tom Hanks
Bosom Buddies (1980-1982)

These two made a couple of the most hideous looking women I have ever seen. It must be really, really hard to find an apartment in New York is all I have to say.

Dee Snider
Twisted Sister

Scariest transvestite in the history of mankind. Dee Snider looked like a Rocky Horror Picture Show, acid induced nightmare in the 80's.

Joyce Hyser
Just One of the Guys (1985)

This movie scared me, because I didn't know what to do with my feelings of attraction when Joyce was dressed like a guy. I'm still confused to the day.

Jamie Farr
M*A*S*H* (1972-1983)

I take it back about Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari being the most hideous women I'd ever seen. Jamie Farr as Cpl. Klinger takes the grand prize for that category. What's a fella have to do to get out of the services, anyway???

Pete Burns
Dead or Alive

In the 80's Pete Burns was the poor man's Boy George. The thing is George has moved on from his gender bending past, to a certain extent. Pete, however, has decided to not only continue, but even further his endeavors. He, pretty much, is unrecognizable as a man these days.


I remember the first time I ever saw this album cover and I thought to myself, Who are those hot chicks. When I found out it was a bunch of dudes, I felt so dirty that I had to go take a shower.

Dustin Hoffman
Tootsie (1982)

Dustin Hoffman wasn't so much ugly as a woman, he was just not pretty. Hoffman used his gender bending ability to get ahead in his career in the 1982 movie Tootsie.

Annie Lennox
The Eurythmics

Was I supposed to feel disgusted? Repulsed? Scared? I don't know, but for some reason I was strangely attracted. So, when Annie did away with some of the shock value I knew why. Annie Lennox was actually beautiful in her natural state as a woman and she couldn't even hide it with short red hair and a business suit.

Boy George
The Culture Club

Was there ever any doubt who should be #1 on this list? I had absolutely no idea for the first hit or two The Culture Club had that the lead singer was a guy. He looked like a girl, walked like a girl, danced like a girl and he even sang like a girl. And to top it all, he even was attractive as a girl. I'll never forgive him for that.

Well there you have it, the Top 10 Gender Benders of the 80's. How I ever made it out of the 80's with my mind not in a permanent state of confusion is some kind of miracle.

I'll be typin' at ya later,
Bob the Blogger


Anonymous said...

You missed Marilyn who sings "Calling Your Name" Him and Boy George were close friends for a while then they had a huge court order for possessing heroin.

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