Because you’re an amazing person, Rae.
It took me to my mid-20s to realise this THIS right here. You aren’t here to be anyone else’s ideal except your own, and if they can’t deal with you as is… well they can fuck right off.
BUTCH is a documentary portrait project and exploration of the butch aesthetic, identity and presentation of female masculinity as it stands in 2013-14. It is a celebration of those who choose to exist and identify outside of the binary; who still get he’d and she’d differently throughout the day; who get called-out in bathrooms and eyed suspiciously at the airport; who have invented names for themselves as parents because “Mom” nor “Dad” feels quite right; and who will generally expect that stare from the gender police trying to figure out if they are “a boy or a girl”. It is an homage to the bull-daggers and female husbands before me, and to the young studs, gender queers, and bois who continue to bloom into the present.
This project is so important! As a good friend of mine said after seeing these pictures, “this makes me feel more human.” Seeing pictures like this makes those of us who have struggled with trying to fit into the gender binary just crazy happy. It means there really is a place for us in this world; there are other people like us, and there is a possible future. Thanks to Meg for such inspiring work!
This is awesome.