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Middle Sexes

4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Middle Sexes (DVD)

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  • Directors: Antony Thomas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEVZ9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Middle Sexes" on IMDb

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Antony Thomas' Middle Sexes explores diversity within sexuality that makes all people unique. Focusing on transgender issues accross society that film helps to create the feeling that diversity is good and that one of the keys to peaceful coexistence is tolerance for all views.

The film's most powerful message is that there is no one real normal definition of human sexuality. All life is neither black nor white, male nor female. Everything and everyone is made up of shades of gray.

The film makes its point by intoducing the viewer to other cultures where the idea of transgender roles are more accepted than in our own. We travel to India to learn about the Hindu third sex and to Thailand to get the insights of the Ladyboy community.

This is a quite good documentary produced by Sheila Nevins for HBO. While it offers no stunning conclusions its message of diversity and tolerance is well appreciated.
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This 75 minute documentary delves into the topic of sexual identity and sexual orientation across cultures, ages, and even into the animal kingdom. What is revealed is that the border between male and female isn't as cut and dry as we are led to believe in our western society.

Middle Sexes addresses many controversial topics, including the development of human sex organs in the first trimester, hermaphroditic animals, transgender lifestyles, violence against people with differing sexual identities and many other related points of interest. What this documentary really points out is that while human nature and biology thrives on variance, society frowns upon it. By showing different cultures and the way they address sexuality, this documentary really provides some eye-opening insight into human sexuality.
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This well done HBO documentary showcases the many sexual "shades of grey" between male and female, heterosexual and homosexual; there are more than just two sexes and there is an almost endless continuum of sexual orientations. This is amazing! For example, there are interviews with transgender, intersexual and bisexual men and women as well as experts in the fields of science and academia. There could have been more time spent on transsexuals going from men to women; this is a disappointment.

One message of the film is that Western psychiatry and prominent religious beliefs created a great deal of stigma when anything sexual was in a shade of grey (i.e., hermaphrodites); I learned that in fact 1 in every 100 persons is born either a hermaphrodite or a pseudo-hermaphrodite. In the past and even today people can have surgical procedures (often numerous surgical procedures) to have that "corrected" so that they are "clearly" a female or a male; but the chromosomes inside the person do not change. Even when science and Western medicine make their best efforts, nature rules.

Other interesting topics explored here include the "Ladyboys" of Thailand. Without excessive influence of Western culture, "Ladyboys" are often found entertaining tourists in packed nightclubs. Interestingly enough, many tourists from foreign countries are absolutely fascinated by the "Ladyboys" and want their pictures taken with them after a performance. In fact, we meet one man who left his wife and family to start a romantic relationship with a Ladyboy; the interviews with him and his lover are fascinating and insightful.

Another group of people in this film are those from the nation of Suriname.
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I show this DVD in my feminist philosophy classes and (undergrad) students really engage with the material. It takes a critical look into dogmatic notions of gender norms/performances in order to challenge our unreflective ideas about what it means to a woman or a man (or somewhere in between) in society. I like its multicultural approach too - students need to know that Western notions of human sexuality are not necessarily universal. It also examines the philosophical debate about whether we are born with a gender or if gender expression is born from social pressures.
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I use this in the gender/sexuality unit of my Introduction to Sociology course and it is very well-received. It's very good for talking about social construction of gender.sexuality. I highly recommend it.
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I USED TO HAVE MANY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT GAY,LESBIAN,TS,TG, ETC
I USED TO HAVE MANY ISSUES ACCEPTING MY GAY SON
THIS DOCUMENTARY OPENED MY EYES & MIND TO THEIR WORLD
I WISH IT WAS AVAILBLE IN SPANISH, THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT FACT TO ACCEPT IN OUR HISPANIC CULTURE, IF ANY BODY HAS TRANSLATED OR WANTS TO TRANSLATE IT OR AT LEAST SUB-TITLE IT, LETS DO IT !!! I WANT TO GIVE A COPY TO MANY "CLOSED MINDED" RELATIVES IN MEXICO.
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I was introduced to this film via a Coursera Social Psychology course. It's well done and informative. However, some parts are too mature for a younger audience. I purchased it for an 8th grade class on Bullying; even though it makes it's case in a powerful manner, parts, especially in the second half, are much to graphic for a Jr. HS classroom. I recommend it with the caveat that it be reviewed before being, and appropriate scenes selected before showing to a less mature audience.
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