Last year, in the spring I think it was, I drove to Seattle to take part in a butch photography project by SD Holman. At the time, I was sent a questionnaire to complete for the project. I worked on it for a bit, it’s got a lot of questions, but at some point I let it gather dust and slide into the dark corners of my to do pile.
A recent email from Holman brought that questionnaire into focus. I got to see some of the results of the shoot, and a reminder to do the questionnaire. So I’m working on it… and I’d like to share the questions with you, because some of you may find them interesting or thought provoking. I’d love to see some of your answers on any or all of them. The questions aren’t difficult, per se, but I’m finding it hard to articulate my answers in some cases. Anyway, here they are:
What does it mean to you to be Butch?
Do you remember when you first heard the word Butch?
At what age did you identify as butch?
At what age did others identify you as butch?
Did other people identify you as butch before you identified yourself that way?
What are the most important things that a Butch must have?
What are the most important things that a Butch must be?
What things do you *do* that you think aren’t butch?
What things do you *feel* that you think aren’t butch?
Who do you date? Butches, femmes, both, neither, straights, trans people, all of the above?
Who are your role models?
Is Butch a gender identity, an erotic expression, a way of life, a political position, or…?
Did you ever fight identifying as butch?
Have you ever been embarrassed or ashamed of your masculinity?
Have you ever been ridiculed, threatened or harmed because of your masculinity?
Do you ever wish that you weren’t butch?
What do you like about being butch?
What do you wish people knew about your butchness?
What do you wish people knew about butchness in general?
Do you like being butch?
Do you like being different from the mainstream representation of what a woman “should” be?
Anything else you’d like to share or comment on?
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