Dana International, the Israeli transsexual pop Diva who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, has made a profound impact on Israeli gender culture through her performative, textual, and political interventions. This chapter examines this impact from a number of perspectives: Dana’s substitution of a glam-orous image of transsexuality for the older abject representations; the contestation of the medical paradigm of transsexuality implicit in her affirmation of a transsexual identity and continuing affiliation with the gay community; her subversion of the Zionist gender project of reforming Jewish masculinity; and her rejection of the clear-cut distinction between gay men and transsexuals (hence, between gender identity and sexual identity) that underpins contemporary gay identity.
|Title of host publication||Queer Popular Culture|
|Subtitle of host publication||Literature, Media, Film, and Television|
|Number of pages||17|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (all)
- Arts and Humanities (all)