The Out Take is a bi-weekly column about queer representations in film. It runs on alternating Thursdays.
“Woman is a choice.” These are the bold, richly evocative words of burlesque performer World Famous *BOB*, who has described herself as a female-female spiritual transsexual. Her art is about her journey, built from the simple fact that gender is a performance, rather than innate element of identity. In fact, this performativity of “male” and “female” takes center stage in “Exposed,” Beth B’s documentary about the New York City burlesque scene. It’s only one of three films at this year’s DOC NYC festival that ask the question “Who is a queer artist?”