I love Butch Girls and How!1,387 views
Apart from the anguish of being lost in translation, I started to think about ‘Butch’ and how it had so many different connotations, how we understood it differently, depending on how “out of the box” we had allowed ourselves to be.
For me, Butch is completely about personality and an attitude to life versus a ‘Look’. Somehow, in the media and socially, ‘butch’ has come to mean that if you dress a certain way you are a certain way. Dressing in a way that’s “out-of the box” isn’t equatable with thinking or feeling “out of the box;” Looking like you don’t conform isn’t the same as non-conformity. And I mean not conforming in a purer sense, not to be contrary, but because you know no other way to be.
So I don’t think being butch is about being a “diesel dyke” or a “tractor lesbian” or all the other words we have for girls who dress differently; I don’t think being butch is about wearing men’s jeans than it is about your attitude and personality.
I think what’s common to both Butch men and women, is that they’ve found intuitively or through trial and error that the good old boxes of male/female, gay/straight, don’t fit so well; and so they go on to make their own. So I’ve met very manly men who won’t shirk from acknowledging their soft side, who’ll allow for their creative side and who are not scared to pretty-it-up. Or women who are assertive, active, confident about their sexuality or sex without caring what other people think. That to me is definitively Butch!
Butch people have an ease and self-confidence about them that makes them irresistible. It’s hard not to like someone who likes him or herself, the manly parts, the chick parts, maybe not the moustache, but whatever floats your boat.Whether you’re a guy or a girl, being ‘butch’ is about allowing for all aspects of yourself: for the strong, for the soft and for the shades of grey.
These lucky people are a ton of fun to be around because they don’t apologize to you for who they are and in turn inspire confidence in you to be who you are.
So to all those beautiful butch men and women out there, who switch between manly men and womanly men and between manly chicks and womanly chicks and all the shade of Tran – you make my heart race!
- Contributed by fourreasons (New Delhi, India)