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 (Åhlens, 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.
Winterdragon

6 comments:

  1. Hi, it's your friend Kalle (who's severly drunk. Excuse my dpelling)
    I have also been mistaken in terms of gender several times (some hilariouls stories, I'll tell you next tiem we see each other.) However, you make a very valid point. I've also been to Åhelns and been asked to leave when I said I 3anted to buy clothew fro myself. I wanted a friggen black polo! How is this different from gender to gender?!? After some protests I ended up with finally getting a polo. And I looked damned good in it alswell.

    Tina, ugly girl?!? I firmly protest ever though that is not the issue here.

    Anyhwo, fuck binary gender. Wohoo for binary numbers! (and ridicououls amouont of wine)

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    1. Thanks for the support! I look forward to hearing those stories. I've also got some more quite hilarious ones if you're interested. Fuck binary gender, cheers to that! *toasts with cup of tea in lack of wine*

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  2. Insteda of omniscienec you shuold say ubiquity,

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    1. *giggles hysterically* I love how, with all your drunken spelling taken into account, you still have the nerve to correct my choice of words!

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  3. Pfft.. de där killarna hade uppenbart ingen smak. Är du ful är jag en tomat.

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  4. Yeah, it's quite the downer to be in these situations, I can agree to that. It has happened more than once that random people have asked questions regarding my gender or sexuality (or even more often: my biological age), even since I grew a beard. I always put on my sarcastic smile and answer: "What do you think?". Not that I really care what they think, but it at least makes them shut up, hopefully.

    I love to understand people, but these questions are a mystery for me. In what way does it matter? It's not like they're gonna see me again and have any use of that kind of information. I guess people like to categorize, and I guess that I mess up their head, since I prefer to break norms and not make sense. And I love to try new things, without bothering to think what suits my gender and sexuality and body.

    And yes, indeed, you are very beautiful, whatever you may be!

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