“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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Mark your calendars, folks.
I have an official launch date for my book.
Leaving Normal: Living in the Middle of Boy/Girl comes out June 26. That’s three short months from today.
So exciting! So scary!
W and I have just started planning the book launch party. We’re looking for a local LGBT charity to donate a portion of the profits to. We considered adopting a softball team, but it would probably involve way too much paperwork.
As far as the book goes, I’m picking out cover art now. I have it narrowed down to three covers. I need to make a decision soon but keep changing my mind. I just got back first edits, which I’m going to comb through this weekend.
It all seems so surreal. I was updating my blog a few weeks ago and got to cross off “write a book and have it published” from my bucket list. Such an awesome feeling. I pounded my chest like Tarzan and actually high-fived myself like a big giant butch dork.
I’m looking ahead to marketing. Making lists. Sending out e-mails. Thinking about press releases, guest blog posts, etc. Three months will go by really fast.
So, here’s where you come in. I need your best promotion ideas. You know me. Lovable butch with a fondness for flannel. You know about my book. A heartwarming tale about a lovable butch with a fondness for flannel.
Pitch me your best book promotion ideas. Think outside the box. Because isn’t what this book is all about. Living outside the box. Those M/F boxes. And every other box related to gender. Get inspired. Get crazy. Get butch.
I’ll even make it worth your while. Best idea wins a free bow tie.
Your pick … posies or paisley.
So, get to thinking. Can’t wait to read what you come up with!
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