When the Kimberly Wilder drawings started to appear online around 2005, they were regularly described as ‘shemale’, a term most commonly used in the pornography industry to describe trans women with male genitalia and female secondary sex characteristics, particularly breasts, acquired via hormones or surgery. Even then many in the transgender community considered the term offensive and degrading, suggesting that its only use was to describe a category of sex workers. While that may well sometimes be the case, many men – like Kimberly – just wanted to be free to explore a world conventionally occupied by women; to cross the boundary into an intermediate territory where ‘women’s’ clothes and ways of connecting are available to anyone whatever the body they were born with.
The most commonly-favoured terms these days for exploring this shared boundary is ‘non-binary’ or ‘genderqueer’, suggesting freedom of choice for anyone whatever their sexual or gender orientation. In giving this portfolio the title Genderqueer, we trust we are acknowledging and validating the right of all Kimberlys to analyse and experience the full possible range of intimate human relating.