Vampires and transitions

I was thinking about vampires and gender bending. Vampires are the ultimate transitioning, between human and superhuman, between alive and dead, between weak and powerful, between comely or supremely attractive. In the fictional world of vampires and erotic romance, vampires of both sexes are allowed to break the human rules of what roles to play, gender presentation, and sexual variety. Male vampires are beautiful and female ones can be just as strong as men. Orgies occur where one is nor sure who is doing who. And yet, these very acts in the ‘real world’ are taboo and can get people killed or beaten up for doing them. Interesting that in our make-believe stories we allow ourselves so much more freedom than we do in our living lives.

~ by amberrosethompson on November 22, 2011.

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