Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The (un)Official List of Tranny Cliches

Inspired by some chat over on Rachel's blog, I thought I'd have a go at compiling a list myself.

So lets have a think (and feel fee to suggest more)
  • Maid/Waitress
  • Nurse
  • Schoolgirl
  • Secretary/Businesswoman
  • Bride
  • Tart/streetwalker
  • Policewoman
  • Dominatrix
  • Can-can/Moulin Rouge dancer
  • Wonder Woman (or other super heroine)
  • Air Hostess*
  • Geisha
  • Lingerie
  • Any outfit showing stocking tops
  • Any outfit showing cleavage
  • Any outfit involving a greyhound skirt
I've done eight out of fifteen, which isn't bad..

For fun here's some general photography tranny cliches. And I'm not suggesting any of these are bad, just recurring themes in the community.
  • MySpace angle
  • Hotel room (bonus points for including the door, or being at a Travelodge)
  • Picture including a radiator
  • Picture with a fellow tranny
  • Posed on the stairs/landing*
  • Posed at home, extremely cropped picture*
  • Posed at home with background blurred or removed**
  • Posed at home with curtains closed and lights off*
  • All full-length shots*
  • Photo taken looking down at shoes*
  • Photo taken in the mirror
  • Blurry nightclub picture
  • Dressing service picture
  • Cartoon avatar (Simpsons, Zwinky, Meez etc)
  • Photo of clothes
  • Photo of make up containers
  • Photo of hotel room swamped in clothes and accessories
And finally, the tranny no-nos
  • Claiming a picture of a real girl as yourself
  • Claiming a picture of another T-Girl as yourself
  • Full-length photo with face blurred/obscured
  • Photoshopping your head on another body
  • As above and adding a fake teardrop tattoo
  • Photoshoping yourself into another location/background*
  • Having a favourites list of T-Girl lingerie shots with no pictures of your own
  • As above and not having a avatar :|
  • Only having photographs featuring your genitals poking out of underwear
  • Commenting a real girl's ability to pass as female***
  • Presuming everyone on Flickr is a tranny*
So what have I missed?

*= Thanks Steph
**= Thanks Lynn
***= Thanks Lucy

11 comments:

Stephanie Delacey said...

I can see dressing up as a Geisha as a tranny fantasy - but do many actually go to the trouble?

I've got one more for the list: Air Hostess :)

As for photo cliches: how about taking photos on the landing? Or the stairs. Taking photos at home and then cropping absolutely everything out of them so the photograph is long and thin? Taking photos at home with the curtains shut and the lights off! Taking photos looking down at your shoes. Always taking full-length shots.

And tranny no nos: photoshopping your entire body into a different location. Thinking that everybody else on flickr is a tranny, too.

Pandora Caitiff said...

Geisha is usually left to the crossdressing cosplayers :-)

I hadn't considered the stairs/landing as I live in a ground floor flat!

All god suggestions. I'll add them in

Helena Love said...

I have to say I've done 8 out of the 15 as well (possibly a different 8), and done most of the photo cliches as well.

And why not, its fun. If I'm going to be transgendered, I might s well enjoy it. Theres a place for just going around the supermarket in jeans (plus its a bit awkward to get a photo there), but that doesn't have to be it.

Rachel said...

By my reckoning I've only done four cliches (bride, maid, schoolgirl and can-can). I have got my infamous red PVC mini-dress shot as well, which could be tart or dominatrix, depending on how you want to look at it. So maybe that's five.

I can't think of any cliches to add to the list; I regularly do a radiator shot, as that's the best place in our house for taking piccies. And I often crop out the crap in our lounge, giving long, thin piccies. in fact I've done s few of those photography cliches in my time. Mind you, I did make myself in Lego, which is something you don't see very often :-)

Anyway, good work preparing the list. When the official handbook to being a tranny finally gets written, you will get full credit ;-)

Lynn Jones said...

LOL. That's a good list. Some to aim for, some not. :-)

What about blurring out the background so only the tranny is visible?

In a Countdown-stylee: 2 from the top, 4 from the middle and 0 from the bottom.... please Carol :D

Pandora Caitiff said...

Good call Lynn. You have also reminded me to add the "face obscured" pictures.

Bride and Geisha are top of my to-do list. Although I think I would make a good domme ;-)

As I mention in the post, the photo cliches are just for fun. But the no-nos are personal bees-in-bonnet

Joanna said...

the No-No that thankfully doesnt happen on Angelflickr that often is taking photos with things up your arse.... never a pretty sight...

LucyTolliday said...

As my flickr shows I've done a lot of the photo one's, *must remember to photo mess created not cut it out* I've only just figured out the timer so full length shots are coming.
Can't say I've done the clothes ones but considering that my t-ness rockets going past a bridal shop its only a matter of time.
Tranny no-no's suggestion. complementing a rg on their ability to pass. Especially when its clear on their profile?

Lara Tyg said...

Oh dear, I am so far behind.
of all the above I can only claim to have complied with 3 cliches & that includes having my photo taken with a Radiator......and it was better looking too :O(

Anonymous said...

list 1 is just a list of gender stereotypes. well done.

Pandora Caitiff said...

Anonymous strikes again!

Well duh it's a list of stereotypes! What part of "CLICHÉS" did you not understand?