I was directed to a blog last night that stunned the crap out of me with its anti-Butch/Femme/Trans overtones and direct, blatant lies and misconception. It infuriates me that this far into the fight for equality across the board the we are still belittling and ridiculing each other right her within the LGBT alphabet soup community, and with such harshness and berating that it’s unbelievable.
When I see a snake in the garden I am one to confront it and deal with it, rather than let it slither at me and try to scare my ass. And while there are many “snakes in our gardens” so to speak, the ones that are particularly venomous are those who are spouting phobic bullshit. If you are phobic about something and do not understand it or haven’t experienced it yourself, so you are afraid of it and thus feel you need to belittle or shame it away somehow, I think you are just so full of your own internalized homophobia and woman-phobic bullshit.
Short of going on a full out ranting rampage here I am going to choose a few sentences of the bullshit blog I read and share them with you.
“…how the Butch and Femme identities are two sides of the same gender coin that limits the full potential of who a woman can be.” What does this fucking mean? That because I identify as Butch and walk that walk in my own life that I cannot possibly live up to my “potential”? WTF?
This person also seems to think, from what I understand, that somehow being Butch is a lead in to becoming an FtM trans person. Yes, perhaps I walk a thin, thin line in this aspect, but let it be known that I am NOT trans, and I AM a lesbian. A woman loving woman. I respect and admire my brave trans friends to the nth degree. Their walk is so like my own, at times very lonely, scary, and confusing I am sure. And to be continually fighting against the Butch/Transphobia we both face from within the Lesbian community, it is just ludicrous.
I am Butch no matter how you dress me up. As another blogger coined I am “clockable” regardless of what I wear or don’t wear. It’s like lipstick on a pig to put me in a dress, and it fools no one. I’m straight up Butch and damned proud, and damned sure not going to try to twist it or change it for some other fool who thinks it’s not “feminine” enough, that I am “aggressive and inappropriate” in my appearance or presentation to the world. Fuck that. I never ever felt very feminine and it’s stupid to say that that makes me less of a woman, when it’s just MY way of being the Butch woman that I am.
Shame me all you want, I am not accepting YOUR shame. I will not be shamed into changing the core of who my being IS in this world. Accuse me of “playing a role”, but understand if you can that I am NOT playing a role, but I am just being myself, plain and simple. It’s sad that people cannot just be who they are in today’s world without causing someone else to start throwing therapeutic assumptions at them that they are suppressing some inner battle and that’s causing them to “act out” in the way that they present to the world. Utter bullshit in my opinion.
I have experienced oppression as a woman, as a Butch, because I am not feminine enough, woman enough, too masculine, “other” and more. I am a gender non-conformist, and it seems that some Lesbian people just seem to hate that idea! Like they expect us to all shout at the tops of our lungs that “we are woman” but yet not be too “Femme” or too “Butch” as to make them look twice. They would rather have everyone fit more into a “neutral” kind of box where we could all be some sort of touchy-feely kinds of Lesbians with woman attributes that were apparent, but not overly so.
I’m not some college educated left wing Feminist. To the contrary, I often am confused by radical Feminism and all its negative connotations on our lives. Seems like it’s that we want to be treated equally – but separately somehow, and that’s not exactly equal if you ask me.
Who I love, whether it be a more Femme woman, another Butch or someone who doesn’t fall into an identifying group, is none of anyone’s business. And it doesn’t matter, I am still a card carrying Lesbian no matter what. I am romantically attracted to women and only women. I have many male friends and respect them as they do me.
What we directly experience and see in life is what matters to us as human beings. It’s how we navigate our way through our often complicated, complex and dynamic lives. People choose the facts that relate to what they already believe. Human engagement isn’t about facts, but about our experiences and our relationships to each other. And yes, these relationships take on all forms, we take on all types of personalities and personas, that make us comfortable in our own skin. No one can take your core values and your core being away from you, and no on should every shame another for being who they ARE in this world. Walk your walk. Butch or Femme or something else, just be proud and walk tall.