Sunday, October 16, 2005

Details of Solidarity Walk | Butiran tentang Perjalanan Solidariti

Where? Mana?
* Putra LRT Station, KLCC | Stesyen Putra LRT KLCC
* Outside Kiosk 24 jam shop, near ticketing booth | Di hadapan Kiosk 24 jam, berhampiran dgn tempat membeli tiket

Bila? When?
* 5:30pm | Isnin. Monday. 17 October | Oktober

What to bring? Apa yg perlu dibawa?
* An article of clothing that is usually associated with a gender different from yours, that you can wear symbolically | Satu artikel pakaian yg biasanya dikaitkan dengan gender yang berlainan dengan kamu, yang boleh kamu boleh memakai sebagai suatu lambang simbolik.

Jumpa siapa di LRT? Who to meet at the LRT?
* Perhatikan sesiapa yang memakai baju putih and seluar atau skirt hitam. Jika boleh, sila juga memakai top putih dan seluar atau skirt hitam apabila kamu hadir untuk berjalan-jalan bersama kami | Keep an eye out for people who are wearing white tops and black bottoms. Please also wear a white top with a black bottom when you come for the walk.

Untuk sebarang pertanyaan, sila email: : please email this address for any queries.


  1. By your photos I assume you used image (a woman with painted beard and man with lipstck and skirt) as a form of protest in the march. I'm curious why you chose image as a form of protest? Did you get any comments on the cross gender dressing?
    - Suguna Papachan

  2. :)

    yes, we deliberately decided to 'cross-dress' by moving around gender markers on different bodies to disturb the spaces we walked through. and i think, it worked to a significant extent.

    reasons why we chose this method was because (as blogged earlier):

    Why X-Dress?
    A playful poke at the absurdity of rigid gender roles. What makes a man, a man? What makes a woman, a woman? Why the hysterical need to assert the boundaries? What happens when we rearrange the signifiers on "normal" bodies in "normal" spaces? It is precisely the need to uniformly attach strict gender markers and all the values, privileges, marginalisations and exclusions that they signify onto particular bodies that creates a whole host of other social costs that are barriers to equality.

    And some of the responses we received (also blogged earlier):

    the gender transgressions, even though - or maybe precisely because - it was not a 'neat' or complete crossing, was responded to as threatening, quirky, interesting, weird, needing policing and performative. One guy especially started talking about how god made day and night, and men are day and women are night, and we shouldn't mess about with it, etc etc etc. Another guy said, no, he didnt want to ask questions sebab takut misai! padahalnya, dia pun ada misai lebat! misai aku bukannya bulu pun, lukis je... but interesting how a few dark lines penned onto the face can create such discomfort.

    I think another aspect which came into my mind was also the fact that we did not hold any banners, we did not hand out any leaflets, there was nothing textual in the form of readable words that we offered. We employed our bodies as the text, and used our bodies performatively to agitate for dialogue, questions and conversation. Sometimes people already form preconceived ideas about banner waving marches (is this something about Reformasi or PAS? hmm..), and sometimes so many leaflets get handed out for discounts, advertising, information, that few people actually bother to read them before binning it, and it's also environmentally problematic. So in this way, the Spectacle we made out of our Selves served as a way to initiate discussion (or at least thought or questions, we hope!). What do you think?