Butch And Proud

Originally posted on The Dish:

Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart explains why she identifies as a “butch lesbian”:

In part, it’s because the language of gender identity has always been a bit bewildering to me—I’ve felt hungry, happy, gassy, and anxious, but never male or female. Even so, it has been tempting to interpret my experience in ways that separated it from that of other women. This is especially true because cis-gendered women have a distinct tendency to define themselves in ways that don’t include me. I hear women throw out things like, “As women, we all know how important it is to feel pretty,” or “We, as women, are naturally more tender and nurturing,” statements that never seem to include women like me. Not only do I dislike feeling pretty and prefer arguing to nurturing, I don’t even particularly like eating chocolate. Popular culture, and women themselves, often imply that I lack many of the most…

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One Comment on “Butch And Proud”

  1. Jamie Ray Says:

    It is a more complicated decision for those of us who consider ourselves butch but also acknowledge that we are some where out there on the trans-masculine spectrum.

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