Of course It’s cool if you’re butch. It’s not cool if you hate on femmes and scoff at all femininity. It’s worse if you hate on those characteristics in yourself.
Here are 10 points that “masc” obsessives and ostracizers – whether identified male, female or nonbinary – just don’t get.
Gender and Sexuality are Fluid
Masculine and feminine aren’t mutually exclusive and can coexist in one person. Neither is a judgment on you, both are part of you.
Vulnerability is Sexy
Some people may openly pine for “straight-acting,” “male-acting” mascs, but showing some traditionally associated “feminine” emotion is a total panty dropper.
Free to Be
You be you. You don’t have to like skirts, Pinterest and eyeliner. The problem isn’t “masculinity,” it’s the us-and-them toxicity with which some people wield it against so-called “femininity.”
Dress for Success
If you relentless mock the well-groomed, fashion-conscious among us, ask yourself if it’s because we’re getting positive attention for it. It wouldn’t kill you to try a little.
“The Woman” and “The Man”
When two guys have sex, both play the role of “the man.” Because both are men. That’s the point. Same for two women – no one in that situation is “the man,” and both are equal, powerful, independent entities without a member of the male sex.
Femininity is Strength
Could some of these butchies handle what these other queers are taking? They know who they are, show it, take a licking and keep on ticking.
If you’re ignoring this erogenous zone because of your issues, you’re missing out.
Femmes have braved more adversity by puberty than some masc-obsessed people will in a lifetime.
'Masculine' ≠ 'Man'
You don’t have to be masculine to be a man, and you don’t have to be a man to be masculine. Our destructive idea of masculinity is rooted in the idea that to be or act like a woman is to be inferior, but embracing the spectrum and moving beyond boxes is much more adult.
We tell more about ourselves when we ridicule than we do the person we are targeting. Let go of that internal shame or hang-up that’s informing your opinion.
This feature originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue below, and pick up a new edition each week.