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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this film, and I own it. Whenever complicated discussions around gender come up and someone is new to these concepts, I recommend this film.
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I am a sex educator and use clips from this DVD in my human sexuality courses. I received this DVD in a timely fashion. It did not have scratches and it played perfectly. Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by HC
First, I was confused by the title given only one intersex individual's story was told. I think it is very irresponsible to conflate the experiences of trans and intersex... Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by Indy
I am currently pursuing a Diploma in Gender Studies and this documentary was very helpful in understanding how gender is socially constructed. Highly recommended!Published on January 27, 2010 by Gersham Hayden Weekes
This video is intriguing if you have a previous interest in the subject but was a little hard to get into and felt scattered. Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Emmett L.