On Masculinity

Let’s keep this gender expression thing going, yeah? The definition of masculinity is VERY hard to pin down as one thing, probably because it runs on spectrums of gender identities and expressions, and deals with both appearance and personalities. However, in her book Dude, You’re A Fag C.J. Pascoe defines masculinity as “a multiplicity of gender…

On Gender Expression and Transnormativity

While I’ve talked about spectrums, gender identity, and swimsuits, I’ve never specifically written about gender expression. So here it is. I’m going to define gender expression, explain how it can relate or not relate to gender identity, and then talk about transnormativity in relation to gender expression. In simple terms, gender expression is an individual’s…

Let’s Talk Slurs: On the term “Tranny”

In case you missed the memo, I doing a segment on slurs. So far I’ve talked about the terms dyke and fag. Since three’s a charm, I’m doing one more. This time I’m talking about the slur “tranny” I think it’s important establish once more what I mean when I use the word slur.  The…

On Bisexual Erasure

After talking about femme-invisibility, I’d like to talk about another community that is often not visible within the community: the bisexual community. While I’ve written about erasure and the bisexual community, I think it’s important on this topic more directly.** **See the addition to the definition of bisexuality in my original piece here. Gay or…

On the Nonbinary Community

Happy New Year! Let’s go back to talking about specific identities, yeah? I think I’ll start the year off talking about a community that sometimes gets put under the transgender umbrella, but not really talked about specifically: the nonbinary community. The term basically just means existing or identifying outside the sex/gender binary. The gender identity…

Femme/Butch Identities

In the LGBTQ+ Community, there are a lot of stereotypes. Oftentimes I think we conform to these without even realizing. One of these that can be seen in people of all genders, while often focused on the lesbian community is femme and butch gender expressions. Butch is defined as a person who identifies as masculine,…

Swimwear and the LGBTQ+ Community

Now that summer is here, so is hot weather, and swimwear. While it’s probably not an intersection many people think of, swimwear can present struggles for those who are part of the LGBTQ+ Community, with its range of gender identities and expressions. This is going to get a little fashion-themed, but for a good cause!…

On the Lesbian Community

Just like I did “A note on…” I’d like to start a new segment of going through the acronym. I won’t do LGBTQIA, because I’ve already discussed the intersex and ally community. I also won’t LGBTQQIP2SAA because I’ve discussed most of that: Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, and Allies in previous post. I’ll definitely do a post…

A Note on the Genderqueer Community

As I defined in my post on gender, genderqueer individual refers to a gender variant person whose gender identity is neither male or female, is between or beyond genders, or in some combination of genders. Individuals that identity as genderqueer often challenge gender stereotypes and the gender binary system. Genderqueer is a little different than…

A note on Fluidity

Before I start, let me just accurately define the identity of sexually/gender fluid: a sexual or gender identity that exists beyond a binary system of either gay or straight, man or woman. People with a fluid identity may resist using labels or choosing boxes to define themselves. Also used by people whose sexual or gender…