“And this gentleman is?”
He arched one eyebrow so it pointed directly at me.
I found myself crafting this response in my head: I’m not a gentleman.
But then I couldn’t say those words, because I pride myself on being a gentleman.
“My name is Rae,” I said, leaving him to figure out the rest.
It’s the hair. I haven’t been misgendered for a long time. Then blam. My hair becomes too long to spike up and sits on top of my head like a lid. There’s a bit of an overhang. It’s like having a little roof over the front portion of my head. It’s the Barney Rubble look that I wrote about here.
What’s a butch to do. Keep calm and Barney Rubble on. Someone make me a T-shirt, please.
In other news, I finally saw The Lego Batman Movie. Now, W and I pew-pew each other and the cats with our invisible laser guns after she gets home from work.
In more other news, check out this cool new documentary called Gender Troubles: The Butches. You can view it for free through March 28, sir.
Oh, one more thing, I’m giving away copies of my book, Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender, on Goodreads. You can enter to win here. You know you want to. Hurry, time’s almost up.
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What’s new with you?
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Get out your rainbow T-shirts and your labrys necklaces. Your Birkenstocks, too. You know the drill. It’s June, which means Pride is here in all of its ROYGBIV glory.
And what’s Pride without your butches. It’s like french fries without catsup (I did, too, spell it that way), Melissa Etheridge without water — somebody bring her some, a lesbian couple without a cat or a Subaru.
What does being butch mean to you?
Leave your best answer in the comment section. I’ll mail out prizes for the top 3 answers. Y’all like free stuff, don’tcha?
You had me at socks.
You can win a copy of my book or a pair of these cool socks. Are you butch enough to wear them?
You don’t have to be a butch to play or to win. But if you are a butch, then you are always winning. Because you look good in a baseball cap.
Here’s a sample of what being butch means to me:
- Always carrying the heavy stuff for her, even though she is more than capable of carrying it herself.
- Listening to anything I want to in the car with the window down. Even Barry Manilow. That’s “Weekend in New England,” motherfucker.
- Rocking a necktie when every other woman in the room is wearing a skirt or a dress.
- Owning regular T-shirts and dress T-shirts, regular sneakers and dress sneakers, regular flannel and dress flannel.
Tag, you’re it.
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Guys, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks.
Chewbacca and me. Abducted by a Wookie in Target of all places.
This explains why I haven’t posted in so long. It’s a complicated Butch in Spaaaace tale.
While I was away, my book got a really great review on the lesbian website Autostraddle. You can check it out here. Perhaps the best compliment any butch writer can get: “A smart and eloquent memoir about becoming butch, Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender will resonate if you have a proud copy of Stone Butch Blues on your shelf, or listen to “Ring of Keys” from the Fun Home musical on repeat.” That’s pretty great company, folks.
Speaking of Fun Home, just 15 days until W and I become official Fun Homies!
I wanted to be this guy.
I just wrote a new memoir piece about my obsession with my brother’s Big Josh action figure. Does anyone remember Big Jim and Big Josh? Geez, Barbie was so lame in comparison.
If you like free stuff, I’m giving away two signed copies of my book on Goodreads. You can enter here. But don’t wait too long. The giveaway ends Sept. 30.
That’s all the news for now. What’s new with you?
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