"Masculinity is a trait, not a gender"

In an effort to both allocate space for and document the existence of masculine women, photographer Meg Allen created a powerful series of portraits for an exhibit at Cafe Gabriela in Oakland, Calif.

Entitled BUTCH, Allen’s series not only represents genderqueer women for a broader, heteronormative audience, but reaffirms butch identity within the queer community at a time when “butch flight,” or gender transitioning, is arguably becoming more and more commonplace. It is, as Allen says on her website, “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.”

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So I have seen/heard:

- whole theaters gasping

- a mother gasping and shouting “HOW COULD YOU?” at the screen while her young kids told her to be quiet

- one boyfriend saying “HOLY SHIT, YOU DOUCHEBAG

- another boyfriend saying “…did he just…? DAMN

- yet another boyfriend saying “…ouch” with an audible wince of sympathy

- a little girl in front of me saying “…no” in a hushed, horrified voice

- and a girl around my age literally STANDING UP and screaming at the screen “YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE!” while her boyfriend physically restrained her and tried to calm her down

Audience Reactions to the Hans Reveal: easily one of the best parts of seeing Frozen in the theater.

Meanwhile my mom called it the second he showed up on the screen.