Blurred Lines: Gender Performativity and Empowerment in The Silicone Diaries and Dick in the Air

Anna Marie Villani, Paulina Anna Gretkierewicz, Karolina Curova, Kasper Friis Rasmussen, Mia Rente Hansen, de Neergaard & Katja Sara Pape

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project centers on two performance art pieces: The Silicone Diaries – a play – and Dick in the Air – a music video. As created and narrated by Nina Arsenault, The Silicone Diaries autobiographically chronicles her gender transition and venture for beauty. As written and produced by Peaches, Dick in the Air parodies and critiques gender representation in the music industry. Both pieces, we argue, evidence that gender is socially constructed and performative. We further detail this through the concepts of passing and transgression, analyzing how they challenge the naturalization and rigidity of gender categories. Because they destabilize the man-woman dichotomy, we conclude that The Silicone Diaries and Dick in the Air hold the potential to empower their audiences. But, we problematize the term empowerment, asking: is this the artists’ intention, or is this beyond their control?

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato28 jan. 2016
VejlederePrem Poddar


  • Nina Arsenault
  • Cyborgism
  • Art
  • Passing
  • The Silicone Diaries
  • Gender Performativity
  • Transgression
  • Dick in the Air
  • Peaches
  • Empowerment