Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Androgynity, how it itches

Still insanely busy, but just have to share these anecdotes. So, apparently some people have problems with my somewhat androgynous appearance.

This weekend I was walking down the streets of Brussels, when two dude-bros started talking loudly as I walked past.
Dude-bro 1: “Is that a guy with long hair, or just a really ugly girl?”
Dude-bro 2 (shouts at me): “Hey! What are you?”
You wouldn't believe how often I ask myself that very question, I might have said. But as always I was at a loss for words, so I chose to just ignore them and walk on, with that familiar feeling of exasperation mixed with a sort of smug satisfaction.

Then today I went into a store selling clothes and random stuff (Ã…hlens, I think it was) and asked the girl at the register if they sold ties. I got the answer that no, they didn't sell men's clothes, but could she perhaps interest me in their amazing mascara at a discount?

Arghl. This gender-binary thing is a very, very annoying thing, especially in its omniscience. I just want to be me, gods damn it! I don't need prescribed roles and expectations based on what sex my body happened to be born with. I can (and would very much like to) think for myself, thank you very much.

Okay, enough with the whining, back to preparing LARP stuff.