So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.
YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE
If you find yourself in NYC this weekend, check out all the great art at ‘Last Rites Gallery' - My piece showing is 'Heart Beet' pyrography, pastel, and natural pigments on wood (turmeric, kanku, indigo and beet) ~ 12” x 22” framed
I’ve been looking for a space to try to develop these thoughts about butch identity. The BUTCH Project has been in my sight for quite some time now and I’m going to go on and use this as place to send out my thoughts about this - maybe spark a dialog if I’m lucky.
Identifying as butch since I’ve known what butch meant (tomboy before that - ie - under 10 yrs old), this project brings visibility and comfort in a space I experience personally and professionally where I sometimes have guilt finding space to talk about my experience(s). In the LGBTQI community, there are such complicated conversations about gender identity, binary assignment, and self identification and presentation that I have a hard time inserting my personal experience over my general personal opinions and beliefs for the efforts of my community as a whole. Butches often carry a sort of white flag for the community - much like gay men - a historical and recognizable person(s) that is also often the butt of jokes (both in and out of community spaces - ie: flannels and mullets), and often overlooked as an actively oppressed or violence-targeted group. Butch experience has somehow lost it’s visibility in the community conversation - except where someone assumes a butch has a leather jacket, tools (to loan), a motorcycle or truck, can carry heavy things, and can provide a feminist interpretation of chivalry(this is a known complicated use of the word ‘chivalry’). I certainly meet many of these traits - I’ll help you move, loan you my circular saw (likely do whatever you need related to the use of the circular saw), and will open doors for any of my accompanying party. What is concerning is that my own community creates a binary expectation of me that disallows my visibility within our community; I can barely describe what my professional/hetero-normative ‘community’ expects of me (ie - sports convo, dudebro acceptance, mainstream abusive porn, etc). I feel pegged no matter who is looking to identify me.
The world as a whole treats me completely different when I’m walking down the street alone then when I’m walking next to a person who is identified as queer or gay because that person is walking next to me (i.e femme visibility or genderqueer identities). Read: I fear for my own safety when I’m alone (“You’ve just never had the right dick”), and that I must protect a femme presenting person or queer person when we’re together as an expectation across gay and normative communities alike. There are layers of complicated conversations here. I’m not naive or complacent to other identities in my community or some deep rooted misogynist beliefs at play here - and, as a person in an oppressed community (regardless of my gender identity and presentation), I will continue to use my acceptance in “normative communities” as an allie for my queer community. The point of this post is NOT to say butches are never seen or whoa is me no one sees me. The point of *this* post is to say that I’m glad there is still a conversation about ‘butch’ identity that is not just objectification, expectation, or humiliation. Check out this awesome BUTCH documentary.