2014年11月1日星期六

全新女體情趣娃娃裝

全新女體情趣娃娃裝
 

Love the skin you're in! Mother-and-son business sells full-body WOMAN SUITS for men who want to live as rubber dolls

  • Adam Ramos and his mother currently cater to 400,000 transgender and cross-dressers across the world
  • One of their best customers is a 70-year-old retired estate agent who goes by the name of 'Sherry'
  • Mr Ramos inherited the business from his father and says he takes great pride in making his work look realistic

A mother-and-son team have become one of the driving forces behind what has been described as a 'rubber dolling craze' by manufacturing and selling full female body suits to men who choose to live as female dolls.
Adam Ramos and his mother currently cater to 400,000 transgender and cross-dressing people across the world.
Mr Ramos, from Florida, who oversees the making of dozens of silicone body suits a week, inherited the business from his father, who came up with the idea after watching a TV show called 'RealDoll'.
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A mother and son are making a roaring trade selling full female body suits to men who choose to live as female rubber dolls. Pictured is 'Robby', a 70-year-old estate agent who dresses up as 'Sherry'
Robby dressed in a full length female bodysuit with yellow bikini
A mother and son are making a roaring trade selling full female body suits to men who choose to live as female rubber dolls. Pictured is 'Robby', a 70-year-old estate agent who dresses up as 'Sherry'

Robby has now found notoriety as his female fantasy alter ego, but it was not until he reached the age of 50 that he began dressing as a woman and fantasising about having a female body
Robby has now found notoriety as his female fantasy alter ego, but it was not until he reached the age of 50 that he began dressing as a woman and fantasising about having a female body

Robby started wearing women's clothes in private, but started putting on the full body suit after discovering FemSkin
Robby seen dressing up into a full length female bodysuit
Robby started wearing women's clothes in private, but started putting on the full body suit after discovering FemSkin. Robby can be seen dressing up into a full length female bodysuit (right) and wearing one of the suits (left)

The show featured life-size dolls that certain men enjoy romantic and sexual relationships with.
He then saw an online forum discussing 'RealDoll' and found there was a demand for men wanting similar lifelike doll suits.
Mr Ramos decided to seize the opportunity and FemSkin was born.


Each of the body suits, which cost up to $1,850, takes about four hours to complete and weighs roughly 12 pounds.
Adam Ramos, who says he takes great pride in making his work look realistic, also produces custom orders from people with burns or scars.
He refuses however to create masks, because he believes they will always look unrealistic.

Adam Ramos (pictured) and his mother currently cater to 400,000 transgender and cross-dressing people across the world
Adam Ramos (pictured) and his mother currently cater to 400,000 transgender and cross-dressing people across the world

Each body suit takes about four hours to complete and weighs roughly 12 pounds
Mr Ramos inherited the business from his father
Each body suit takes about four hours to complete and weighs roughly 12 pounds. Mr Ramos inherited the business from his father (pictured is Robby)

Robby said: 'When I'm out many people think my breasts are real or implants and this is my real body'
Robby said: 'When I'm out many people think my breasts are real or implants and this is my real body'

The company featured on a British documentary called Secrets of the Living Dolls, earlier this year.
Unlike transgender people, ‘maskers’, or ‘rubber dollers’ as they’re also known, do not feel born in the wrong body. For them, dressing up as a member of the opposite sex is simply a way to have fun.
At the time the documentary was publicised, Adam Ramos' mother Barbie Ramos, the owner of FemSkin, said: ‘They’re not freaky people, they’re not weird, they’re just like you and me.
‘They’re just like what they call “vanilla people” - that’s you and me - except for at night or on special occasions, they like to put on a mask. Why not?’
One of the company's best customers is a 70-year-old retired estate agent who goes by the name of 'Sherry'.
 

Mr Ramos says he takes great pride in making his work look realistic, but he refuses to create the masks, because he believes they will always look unrealistic
Robby said: 'My motivation for doing this is a mystery to everyone, including me'
Mr Ramos says he takes great pride in making his work look realistic, but he refuses to create the masks, because he believes they will always look unrealistic


The cross-dresser, who has two daughters, does not want to be identified but refers to himself as 'Robby'.
He has now found notoriety as his female fantasy alter ego, but it was not until he reached the age of 50 that he began dressing as a woman and fantasising about having a female body.
He started wearing women's clothes in private but then started putting on the full body suit after discovering FemSkin.
Robby said: 'When I'm out many people think my breasts are real or implants and this is my real body.
'Even "vanillas" will come up and say, "Wow, that's an amazing rack" and I will respond, "I can tell you where to order one."'
Robby said: 'I don't know why it started and I don't know why it continues, but I'm sure having a lot of fun'
Robby said: 'I don't know why it started and I don't know why it continues, but I'm sure having a lot of fun'
He went on to say: 'My motivation for doing this is a mystery to everyone, including me.
'One day something just clicked on.
'I don't know why it started and I don't know why it continues, but I'm sure having a lot of fun.'

2014年10月22日星期三

Sinead O'Connor


2014年10月13日星期一

縮陽到底是不是一種病?

 
Credit: Éole Wind via Flickr

Credit: Éole Wind via Flickr

文/林奕萱|高醫精神科醫師

從媒體上看到一則新聞:在中國海南島三亞市東北邊的陵水黎族自治縣,最近發現一種只會出現在男性身上的「怪病」:「縮陽症」,並且提到「陸陸續續都有年輕男性發病」,只要用「祖傳祕方」在下體擦藥,就可以痊癒。咦,這似乎與周星馳電影當中,具有「縮陽入腹」神功的鼇拜,似乎有「異曲同工之妙」?

「縮陽」(男性生殖器向內縮入,甚至在某些女性身上,會覺得乳頭向內縮入)這件事情,在醫學的生理機轉上其實是說不通的,但這是一種極為焦慮、覺得這些器官都要內縮、甚至會導致死亡的「感覺」,所以會引發極大的恐慌與害怕。這種「生殖器官內縮」的感覺,在精神醫學上,其實是Cultural- bound syndrome的一種,稱作「Koro」。

Cultural-bound syndrome,中文翻譯翻作「文化依存症候群」、「文化結合症候群」、「文化束縛症候群」、「文化囿限症候群」等,以下以「文化依存症候群」稱之。從字面上來看,文化依存症候群是與文化息息相關的一群症狀;換個角度說,這是一群「民俗疾病」( local illness),談不上是醫學上定義的症狀或是疾病,而是一種由當地文化詮釋厄運或是不幸的方式。因此這已經不僅是精神醫學,更有人類學、社會學的成分。

在西方文獻中,首次談論到Koro的是1874年的一本辭典(B.F Matthes'dictionary of Buginese language of South Sulawesi Indonesia),但在不同文化社會中,「縮陽」這件事有不同的稱呼。例如在中文叫做「縮陽」(Suo-Yang),在廣東話稱作「Suk- Yeong」,或在印度的阿薩姆地區(Assam)稱為「Jhinjhinia Bema」。縮陽好發在教育程度較低的男女性,成因不明,得到縮陽症的個案甚至會有較頻繁的性行為(與其抱怨生殖器內縮互相矛盾)。

複雜的是,有些文化依存症候群,的確會跟真正的精神疾病,如思覺失調症(舊名:精神分裂症)、躁鬱症、憂鬱症等共存;而不同文化中對於該「文化依存症候群」的定義也不甚相同,使得「診斷」上更顯困難。但這仍然給予心理衛生工作者一個提醒:診斷準則畢竟是人為定義,我們的目的在於改善個案的痛苦;除了注意是否影響到個案的功能、生理上的機轉之外,還要考慮到這些「症狀」在當地的社會文化脈絡中的角色與定位,以更為人性化的方式介入與處理。

參考資料:

  1. 【動即時】海南驚傳「縮陽」病 村民下體狂塗藥。蘋果即時新聞 [2014/10/11]
  2. Psychiatric Times: introdunction to culture-bound syndromes (2001)
  3. Kumar R., et al. (2014 )Epidemic of Koro in North East India: An observational cross-sectional study. Asian J Psychiatr. 2014 Aug 7. pii: S1876-2018(14)00188-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2014.07.006.
 
 

2014年9月15日星期一

變性人Poyd:我天生女人心


ISSUE 071
在這個活像《1984》預言成真的時代,多少人大大聲指鹿為馬很是荒唐。反倒眼前這位比女人更女人、堪稱泰國最美變性人的Poyd,拿出無比勇氣由男轉換成女,只為忠於軀殼藏住的一顆天生女人心,對她來說變性不是一項手術,「那是一個撥亂反正的過程,我希望成為一個真女人。」
統籌:林妙萍
造型及撰文:趙潔恆
攝影:周樂恒
化妝及髮型:Wendy Lee of Wendy's Workshop
Ralph Lauren 銀色絲質晚裝裙
來自泰國的Poyd,去年參演《掃毒》與影帝張家輝上演激吻戲碼,因為充滿話題性的特別身份,加上令人驚艷的美貌,令她得到全城關注,今年更升級和周潤發合作。

Moiselle 黑色喱士裙

Moiselle 彩色花卉喱士裙
變性不是手術
鏡頭前騷首弄姿的Poyd,的確會叫不少女士無地自容咬牙切齒,除了33吋豐胸是人工,白滑肌膚、瓜子臉、精緻五官與無敵的41吋纖幼長腿,都是得天獨厚。難怪小時候的阿Poyd,從不認為自己是男兒身。「我一直覺得自己是女孩子,到我大約5歲時,媽媽告訴我 :『你不是女孩子。』但是我完全不像男生,我生得很瘦小,皮膚細緻。到我上高中,我的坐圍變大了,就像其他女孩一樣,我以為當我再長大一點,我的身體就會轉變成一個完美的女生。」
到她18歲,她毅然做了人生最重要的決定,接受變性手術。「我跟父母說我想做手術,父母卻反對,因為我還在讀高中。但當時我感到很困惑,我覺得我要去修正它。我去見醫生、心理學家,他們都說我應該立即處理。他們替我驗血,發現我身體內有九成的女性荷爾蒙。」進行手術經歷身體上的痛,但她內心卻感到無比快樂。「我從不認為那是一場手術,我覺得那是一個撥亂反正的程序,所以我並不覺得痛楚。」


入境曾被歧視
變性後的Poyd於2004年參加了泰國著名變性人選美比賽Miss Tiffany's,更獲得冠軍,被譽為最美的變性人。「我的確感到好自豪,更重要是我一直都從心底希望成為一個真女人,並非去跟風,我堅信自己,我的家人與朋友都明白,我想做自己。」問到她有否曾經被歧視,樂天的Poyd坦承曾經因為性別問題而遇過一次麻煩。「曾經去外地公幹時過海關,關員見到我的護照,他們很疑惑,因為護照上印着相反的性別。然後他們帶我去到辦公室,而且喝令我坐下,待我像犯人一樣,我其實並沒做錯事,感覺有點像被歧視。如果希望別人不歧視我們,我們也不要歧視任何人。若要向大眾傳遞這個訊息,就要證明自己也做到。」


■Poyd大讚周潤發是最有吸引力的香港巨星。

■於《掃毒》內上演激吻戲,令觀眾留下深刻印象。
拍戲專攻中港
繼《掃毒》一鳴驚人,Poyd今年有份客串《賭城風雲2》,與周潤發有對手戲,更不忘賣口乖。「從小就有看周潤發的電影,他有讚我在上一套戲的演出,也教我演戲。他很喜歡講笑,休息時我們都有一起玩自拍。香港有很多具魅力的演員,但跟發哥相處過,就覺得他是最吸引人的。」跟電影公司簽了5年約的她,剛完成拍攝新片《泰戀》,這次更榮升女主角,機會接踵而來。可有想過未來會衝出亞洲去荷李活?「我想暫時先專注於香港與內地的工作,至於未來如何,就交給命運吧!」

■Poyd帶上十多萬的私伙Balmain珍珠裙與Christian Louboutin閃石高踭鞋接受專訪。

出動極罕私伙
Poyd 說小時候看很多港產片,最深印象是那些貴氣的古裝女主角,夢想自己都可以着上華麗戲服。現實中的Poyd也是極愛華衣的時裝迷,拍攝當日更出動釘滿珍珠閃石重十幾廿磅、估計值2萬美元(約16萬港元)的私伙Balmain。「這款Balmain裙世上只有三條,一條在博物館,一條由Kim Kardashian擁有,第三條是屬於我的。」她還會於本月尾赴巴黎參加時裝周睇騷。