"Crazy, Sexy, Cool"

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28 Gender(ed) Cultures on the Internet

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Anthony Antonellis, Kim Asendorf, LaTurbo Avedon, Andrew Benson, Jon Cates (with Ei Jane Janet Lin), Andrea Crespo, Kate Durbin, Emilie Gervais, Gaby Cepeda, Carrie Gates, Shawne Holloway, Georges Jacotey, Matthew Hillock, Faith Holland, Nick Kegeyan, Rollin Leonard, Chiara Passa, Absis Minas, Rea McNamara, Sara Ludy, rosa menkman,  Lorna Mills, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Tristan Stevens, Ben Valentine


CrazySexyCool is the name of TLC's second studio album. Selling over 23 million copies worldwide, it was the best-selling album by a girl group in the United States, and the second in the world by a girl group after Spice Girls' Spice. My favorite TLC member was Lisa Lopes and my favorite Spice Girl was Sporty Spice. In my twelve year old mind, Sporty Spice was the whole package: crazy, sexy, and cool. I was obsessed with finding everything I could know about her.

In the same vein of passion and interest, sex and gender exist heterogeneously on the internet, from the carnal and kinky to the paraphilic and asexual. I invited artists to make gifs of what they thought would challenge or intensify existing ideas of gender on the internet. What I received: tits, yoga, rocking people, dogs, cybergirls, cocksucking, to name a few. It is entirely possible viewers don't think anything on this reel is crazy, sexy or cool. My mental boner remains flaccid as I scour the web searching for erotic stimuli. Nothing ceases to amaze or titulate anymore; there is constantly too much sexy in the media, in my mind, and at the club. What becomes of interest to me now is less so the content, and more often the artist's gesture of appropriation as a considered act of celebration or subversion of sexuality and sexiness.

"What are you into?"