Dustin Hoffman on playing a woman in Tootsie (1982)
“If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible. And they said to me, ‘Uh, that’s as beautiful as we can get you.’ And I went home and started crying to my wife, and I said, ‘I have to make this picture.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘Because I think I’m an interesting woman when I look at myself on screen, and I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think that women have to have in order for us to ask them out.’ She says, ‘What are you saying?’ and I said, ‘There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.’ It was not what it felt like to be a woman. It was what it felt like to be someone that people didn’t respect, for the wrong reasons. I know it’s a comedy. But comedy’s a serious business.”
This is a man in tears when he came up against the experience of being a woman in a misogynist society, and realizing what it means for them, and for him, too.
I really recommend the documentary this GIFset is taken from (it comes with the Tootsie special edition DVD). Hoffman talks about this a lot, including things like reacting to set tours from investors (etc) who didn’t realise that he was Dorothy Michaels, and how hurt he’d be when the visitors would make a fuss about Geena Davis and Jessica Lange, but walk straight by him.
If anyone ever tries to tell you Tootsie isn’t a feminist film, they are literally a fucking idiot.
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” - Rachel Carson
Readers comments on Pride and Prejudice include, “Oh god,” and “I knew it all along.”
Throughout Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1918). Original from Harvard University. Digitized February 12, 2008.
In the future, I’d like to see all trans kids happy like I am. I want President Obama to pass laws that will give equal rights to all trans people. I will keep speaking out until my goals are achieved. I want people to understand that we are just like everyone else. I always say that just because our brains don’t match our bodies doesn’t make us freaks or bad people. In fact, I think it’s the opposite; it makes us unique and special, which is pretty cool. Get to know us, you will love us.