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A Boy Named Sue

Julie Wyman's 56-minute video tracks the six-year transformation of Sue, a “butch dyke,” into Theo, “a big old bi-trans man with a pussy.” Sue lives with a “femme/queer woman,” and they and their friends wonder whether the relationship will survive Sue's transformation. As it turns out, Theo's testosterone shots change his personality as well as his body, and he becomes troubled by our culture's negative examples of masculinity. The story is inherently interesting, but Wyman's images mostly just illustrate the sound track, and she never explores the deeper contradiction between Sue's moving lament that “people are just so ruled by what they see” and Theo's obsession with his newly emerging body hair.

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