Female impersonator John "Jyneen" Simms. Simms leads a dual life as a construction worker and as a stripper. He is male, but has artificial breast implants and dresses up as a woman for private parties. "It started out as a joke about five years ago and now I spend more time with a dress on than pants. I do all private parties. I'm not gay, believe it or not. This is business and that's how I attack it, strictly business and it's not really a lifestyle. If I'm out working, I'm not really running around with a dress on. Although sometimes it's easier...I could almost be a real life Tootsie, although I think I carried it a little further with the boob job...I'm a guy. The bottom plumbing works, but I make my living wearing a dress."
00:00Copy video clip URL John Simms at the dining room table in his home. He talks about his schedule for the day. He explains that he is a stripper and says that the job originally started out as a joke. Simms states that he is a man even though he has a pair of breast implants. We then follow Simms out to the back to take a few measurements for a porch that he is building for his friend’s family, who he currently lives with.
03:30Copy video clip URL Simms talks about his work as a construction worker. He goes on to talk about dressing as a woman and his cosmetic surgery. Simms goes on to say, “I’m not gay, believe it or not, you know? I mean, this is business and that’s how I attack it; strictly as a business. And it’s not really a lifestyle. If I’m not working, I’m not running around with a dress on, although sometimes it’s easier.” The filmmaker asks Simms a number of other questions about his profession and gender. This lasts for several minutes.
09:16Copy video clip URL Simms states that guys are typically jerks. He goes on to talk about his dating habits. We then follow Simms back into his home and watch him change into his female attire.
11:57Copy video clip URL Simms begins to change but is a little uncomfortable with the videographer recording him in the bathroom. Simms closes the door shortly afterward. Seconds later, Simms is seen in his female attire putting on make up. While applying his blush, Simms talks about the benefits of being a woman, including getting out of speeding tickets, free drinks, and a number of other perks. Simms tells a story about a time when a state trooper helped him changed a tire. Simms also talks about his family. He only talks to one brother because of his family’s nonacceptance of Simms’ way of life. Simms goes on to say that people of opposite genders often wonder what it would be like in the other gender’s shoes. We continue to watch Simms as he gets ready for work.
21:04Copy video clip URL Cut to a shot of John’s friend and family commenting on his appearance.This is the first time they’ve seen him in his female apparel.
22:01Copy video clip URL The videographer speaks with Simms’ friend. “He’s a fabulous guy, one of my best friends. I can always count on him. Anything I’ve ever needed probably he’s one of the few people I can count on to be a lifesaver.” The man explains that he and Simms have been friends since high school. Simms and the family continue to talk about his appearance. The children also comment on Simms’ appearance.
25:52Copy video clip URL Simms talks about having a personal shopper at Marshall Field’s department store. We then follow Simms as he leaves for work. He makes a few comments about sexual harassment in the workplace before talking about some of the things he does during his performances. He also describes flashing a truck driver on the highway.
33:20Copy video clip URL Simms walks to his car outside of the house. After arriving at his car, Simms takes out a bull whip and begins to scare drivers as they pass by.
35:16Copy video clip URL Tape ends.