Shigeyuki Kihara at the Met

(Shigeyuki Kihara, Ulugali'i Samoa: Samoan Couple, 2005. Courtesy of The Physics Room.)

Contrary to the beliefs of some, trangenderism is not specific to those who "just need to pray more" along with all those hedonist homosexuals and perverts. Transgenderism, along with homosexuality, is in fact a global phenomena found in all cultures and in nature as well.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is opening a new photography exhibition this October 7th featuring artist Shigeyuki Kihara. Similarly to artists Cindy Sherman and Yasumasa Morimura, Kihara puts herself into various roles in her photographs, but it is in the consideration Kihara's background that makes her photography that much more meaningful. Kihara was born in Samoa, where it she is considered Fa'afafine, the official third gender. Fa'fafine means "in the manner of a woman" in Samoan and is specific to children born male who later take up the gender roles of women. The exhibition, titled Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs, will be on view at the Met until February 1st.

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