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keltik said: Y'know, you don'thave to be female identified or even female bodied to be butch... ;)
True. I use “butch” as shorthand to define people who identify with the dyke (queer female? I dunno what else to call it, lesbian seems to imply too much about gender) community (although I am working on how to be more trans-inclusive) because (a) selfishly, that was what I intended the aesthetic of the blog to be like and (b) there’s a difference, I think, between cismales who identify as butch, i.e. bears, and people with some history of femaleness who identify that way. I see it as a different type of gender transgression—I think that to be female and to identify as femme, for instance, is a radically different project of reclaiming and transforming the gender that is foisted upon you, as opposed to female masculinity, which I see as the project of staking out genders that are not supposed to be available to you. So, in that sense, I think that there’s something equally queer and valuable but still radically different about cismales performing butchness.
I’d love to hear more of your thoughts, though. What would you suggest doing?
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We just reached 300 followers. I had to stop and check in and say (1) oh my god thank you and (2) this blog isn’t dead, just sleeping. :-)
I haven’t forgotten about it and I have been collecting yummy things to post, but I’ve had to drop off the face of the earth during finals (which will end in four days if all goes right).
In the mean time, I just wanted to thank you guys for being so awesome and so patient.
Your friendly butch connoisseur
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I’ve been told sometimes that it’s weird for butches to like butches. But I want to look in the mirror and see what I think is hot. To me, it makes sense to both seek and emulate butch. When I was thinking of a series that I could really get into and get excited about, it was this — both my identity and my attraction.
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So I’m starting to notice as I browse photos that I have a hard time navigating who may identify as butch, especially without clothes. I certainly don’t want to mislabel anybody, I have no idea how most of these people identify (although when the info is available, I do look it up, and have often stopped short of including people for that reason), and I make no claims as to their identity. I also recognize that their identities can be interpreted in different ways—for instance, I’m a huge fan of xdyke and I keep moving towards the “reblog” button only to notice that the photo in mind had been tagged “butch-femme”. I also do recognize that “butch” doesn’t operate as a catch-all for queer, masculine, female-bodied folks.
The best way I can frame my efforts is this: I consider myself primarily attracted to masculine women, and in real life I’ve found that the people to whom I’m attracted generally identify as butch, so if I think the image is compelling, then chances are others who are attracted to butches will too. I recognize how incredibly subjective this system is, but at the same time, I find it far more effective than a checklist of “muscles, hair, posture, clothes” that appears to be the alternative (although I do bear these things in mind). The benefit of my system is that it makes no claims as to the identities of the subjects. In short, I genuinely am making an earnest attempt to respect people’s identities, so if you think I’m getting it wrong, tell me, and if you think I’m going about it wrong, tell me that too. If not, thank you for reading anyways, and enjoy the posts ahead.
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