Thursday, August 13, 2009

What is an Authentic Butch?

Antonin Artaud posed and answered the question: And what is an authentic madman? It is a man who chose to become mad, in the socially accepted sense of the word, rather than forfeit a certain superior idea of human honor. So society has strangled in its asylums all those it wanted to get rid of or protect itself from, because they refused to become its accomplices in certain great nastinesses. For a madman is also a man whom society did not want to hear and whom it wanted to prevent from uttering certain intolerable truths.

I would like to postulate a similar question that I believe will conclude likewise. My question is this: And what is an authentic Butch? An authentic Butch did not choose to become butch in any sense of the word, but she has however chose to live socially unaccepted in patriarchal society. Like Artaud's madman before her, our authentic Butch has refused to "forfeit" her female honor so as not to pander to a Gender Straight Jacketed society that is riddled with a deep misogyny aimed at dividing women from one another and more over from ourselves!

So patriarchal society has straight jacketed all those women (which is all women) that it wanted to control and objectify through abuse, rape, mutilation, marriage, laws, slavery, narrow female roles, molestation, fists, bullets, stones, threats, power, money, media, language and any other possible means. And so patriarchal society has succeeded except for our authentic Butch woman. She has managed to skirt society's Gender Straight Jacket entrapment of women despite being one herself. Or perhaps at the price of being one herself. But that privilege of a nature that lies and lives outside of the GSJ's brutal female confinements comes at a large price, a price that continues going up.

Because in our current cock-centric capitalist consumeristic world, for the right price a woman can buy her way out of woman by unbecoming one. While this isnt an option for our authentic Butch, it is now an option for some truly frightened, ashamed and women not strongest enough to say NO. But to be honest, with the exception of our authentic Butch, all women collude with the Gender Straight Jacket in the destruction of themselves. Only now with the right combo of medical mutilation and drugs, that collusion can destroy nearly all traces of woman.

This collusion with the GSJ is the "nastinesses" that our authentic Butch refuses to partake! She instead carries her femaleness alone and on a "road less traveled", regardless of the dismaying pressures to mingle, socialize and speed the busy freeway traveling toward man's masturbatory end destination of woman. Pressures that DEMAND with clench male fists she either look like his "woman" or else live as a "man". But the simple truth is she DOES look like a woman, and sometimes I think she may be the only living woman left who resembles woman in her original form.

But do not expect to see her on the nightly news or on the front page of your local newspaper or on some billboard even. Do not expect to see her in a crowd walking about like everyone else, not unless you are willing to remove patriarchy's lipstick lens that continues to invisiblize her. For an authentic Butch is a woman patriarchal society could not afford to hear or see, because her mere visibility may cause other women to question the intolerable cage patriarchy has them all housed!


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