Butch Lesbian vs. Female Faggot: Mapping the Territory

Super interesting thoughts on being somewhat masculine presenting but not masculine, into masculinity, and female.

Transfaggotry

There’s an enviably large body of work and writing out there on butch lesbian identity, sexuality, gender, and history.  At its best, this writing makes it possible to see lesbianism as something far vaster than women loving women.  As Bond beautifully puts it, butch is a “cartography” that changes the meaning of the female body, makes it inhabitable and ownable as something reassuringly masculine, allows one to “travel back” to it.  Butch is also a socially crafted, recognizable, and legible form of female masculinity with a long history behind it.  However much it is stereotyped, misrepresented, and maligned, everybody, even the most homophobic cissexual straight person, knows at least something about what it means:  lesbian, for one, masculine, even transgressively so, and likely attracted to feminine women.  Navigating one’s gender variance is always an anxious, trying, and lonely endeavor, and butch is no exception to this, but at least butch…

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One thought on “Butch Lesbian vs. Female Faggot: Mapping the Territory

  1. Thanks for sharing. As a butch who is mostly attracted to other butches and transmasculine people, I could definitely relate to this. I have actually been thinking a lot lately about how I will be read post top-surgery. I think there is a good chance that some of my more flamboyant characteristics will become way more apparent.

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