Not long ago, Sinclair Sexsmith announced on Sugarbutch Chronicles that she was launching a new, as yet unnamed, project centering around masculine of center gender identities… from her mission statement:
to promote a greater understanding of masculine of center gender identities, expressions, and presentations, through encouraging: 1. visibility, because we feel alone; 2. solidarity, because there are many of us out there, but we donâ€™t always communicate with each other; and 3. an elevation of the discussion, because we have a long history and lineage to explore and we donâ€™t have to reinvent the wheel.
What is butch? How do you define butch? What do you love about it? What does it mean to you?
Here’s my contribution:
I love the word butch, it looks and feels exactly the way it should: tough, masculine, a little hard. Â For me, ‘butch’ evokes images of blue jeans and leather jackets, sturdy footwear and strong hands. Â ‘Butch’ is strong, handsome, capable, ready to help, there to back up a friend or a stranger in need. Â And while I realize itâ€™s not true for all who embrace the term, for me, butch is all the great things about being a woman, wrapped in the great things about being a man. Â My butchness is about chivalry, bravery, taking care of those I love while appreciating the strength of my partners and knowing that they are also strong enough to take care of me. Â My butchness despises sexism andÂ misogyny, recognizing that I sometimes am guilty of those faults, and always looking for ways to eliminate them. Â My butchness embraces my masculine and feminine sides, knowing they contribute to a whole that is strong and sensitive, nurturing and protective, playful and serious.
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