I’m going to be honest here, everyone.
At this point, nothing surprises me anymore – society has gotten so bad and so degenerate that shock value just no longer exists.
Before Season 4 of Transparent started production, transgender actress Alexandra Billings, who plays Maura’s friend and mentor Davina on the series, walked into the writer’s room to pitch. She said she wanted to be naked.
That, of course, is a crude simplification of the process. Billings’ friend and Transparent co-star Trace Lysette suggested that the two of them talk to the show’s writers about their lives and experiences as transgender women, with the hope that they might incorporate them, and therefore a broader reflection of the varied transgender experience, into the show’s storylines.
“And I asked for this specifically,” Billings says, talking with The Daily Beast alongside Lysette ahead of the show’s fourth season premiere. “It was Alexandra’s idea,” Transparent creator Jill Soloway corroborates. “She was like, ‘I’m ready to show my body.’”
That she does. In the second episode of the season, “Groin Anomaly,” Davina is lying naked, face-down on her bed, getting massaged by her boyfriend. When he tweaks her back, she rolls over, exposing her breasts and, for the first time for a transgender actress on television, her penis.
“I don’t think it’s ever been done before, where you see someone who’s a trans body that was pre-op, especially of a certain age, who looks a certain way,” Billings says. “I wanted to show everything, but I said I don’t want to be objectified. I don’t want to be sexualized. And I don’t want to be fetishized. I thought Jill’s way of showing it was brilliant.”
For Soloway, the everyday breeziness of the scene was crucial: “It’s just life, living it, hanging out in your bed, getting a massage from your partner, turning over—just like life.”
Jill Soloway – the female pictured above.
Maybe it’s just me being paranoid and bigoted, but I have a feeling that we’re dealing with one of the (((usual suspects))) here.
So let’s just check out Wikipedia in order to put this issue to rest, shall we?
Soloway was born in Chicago, Illinois, to public relations consultant, coach and writer, Elaine Soloway, and psychiatrist Dr. Harry J. Soloway, who grew up in London. Around 2011, Dr. Soloway came out as transgender.
Soloway’s elder sister, Faith, is a Boston-based musician and performer with whom they sometimes collaborate. They both attended Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago. Jill Soloway graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a communications arts major.
Soloway’s mother was formerly a press aide to Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne and was a former communications director for School Superintendent Ruth Love. After 30 years, Soloway’s parents divorced. Soloway has a stepfather named Tommy Madison.
Living in the Los Angeles area amidst artists and writers Soloway, who is Jewish and deals with Jewish ideas in many of their works, co-founded the “East Side Jews collective”.
EVERY. SINGLE. FU#KING. TIME.
Do you get it yet, White Man?