Men and Women ft. Nick “Men act and women appear.” Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. This determines not only most relations between men and women but also the relation of women to themselves. The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object – and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.” ~ John Berger, Ways of Seeing. I wanted to create a series of images expressing femininity and masculinity via the opposite sex. For the women, they had to completely embody a man. A harsher light and grainy values complement their stoic expressions and nonchalant gestures. For the men however, they had to attempt to express feminine gestures while still maintaining their own masculinity. You look at these photos; each one presents different levels of masculinity and femininity –you see a woman, wearing a tie, slouching on a coach, then you see a Man displaying pearls, or heels combined with a typically masculine collared shirt or sweater. There’s already a connotation of cross dressing.
A Scottish woman's boyfriend (not pictured here) turned out to be a lesbian sex offender, . (Photo Credit: CC BY-ND/Brian Henry Thompson/Flickr)

Single mother of two Nicole Lindsay of Glasgow, Scotland, would rather the media stay out of her private life. However, an unbelievable turn of events has made that all but impossible, as shown in London’s Daily Mail. According to reports, Lindsay discovered that her boyfriend “Lee,” whom she had hoped to marry, was actually a woman. Not only that, but Lee, whose real name is Samantha Brooks, is a sex offender.

Brooks put Lindsay through ‘hell’

Local police informed Nicole Lindsay that the woman she knew as the man named Lee was a convicted sex offender who once served time at Isleworth Crown Court for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. Lindsay did know that Brooks had been in prison, but she told Lindsay it was because she “beat up a pedophile.”

Brooks has now been charged with “obtaining sex by deception” from Lindsay and a former friend of the couple. Brooks also faces two counts of assault, according to Gawker.

“When the police told me Lee was a she, I just couldn’t believe it,” said Lindsay. “I was in shock. I’ve been through hell. The thought of how Lee deceived me and my whole family has given me nightmares and made me feel sick.”

Brooks reportedly preyed upon the fact that Lindsay was uncomfortable being naked in front of a partner, claiming that “he” felt the same way because of a past bout with testicular cancer. Moreover, Brooks also convinced Lindsay that the reason her chest was covered in bandages – which concealed her breasts – is that she’d been scarred by an abusive former partner.

No facial hair or Adam’s apple

While Nicole Lindsay was accepting of Samantha Brooks in her role as “Lee,” Lindsay’s family was reportedly less than convinced. Specifically, they questioned why the man could grow no facial or had no visible Adam’s apple.

“I didn’t believe Lee could be a woman,” said Lindsay. “We had been having sex on and off for years. But I knew he was hiding something.”


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