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Monday, January 24, 2011

Progress toward a Butch Visibility

A piece I wrote, which began life here as a "post" regarding Butch childhood/life/troubles has been published in a mainstream literary mag. It is a small start to bringing Butch lesbians a tiny bit of the visibility we so need and for so long deserve. The Berlin Wall didn't come down all at once, it fell brick by brick, I've removed one brick from the wall of Butch Invisibility, a light can now be seen through the crack, before long the sun.

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  1. Hey! Congratulations :)!

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  2. Finally, you're getting published!!
    Yay!! Congratulations!! One day soon, maybe a book.

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  3. Okay, Share the magazine name please

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  4. Cilla,

    Email me, I do not want to give it out here as I do not want to see the place get spammed with trans hate mail.

    dirt

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  5. Dirt, I'm delighted to hear you're getting published. Have you considered compiling some of your essays into a book? Your writing is original and powerful, reminiscent of the writings of the early women's liberation movement. I'd love to see you write a book. Your writings should be required reading in the women's and "gender" studies departments in the colleges and universities.

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  6. From what I've seen gender studies are irremedeable and totally on the opposite end of what Dirt is saying. They are also full of academic jargon, which only serves to obscure points and makes you look "cooler".

    I can't believe you people in America have such crap and insulting courses as gender studies (not that here is much better, but still). Proof that "queer theory" has infiltrated academia in the last 20 years I think. Bring back women's studies...

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  7. Bluetraveler, that's why I think they should be exposed to some REAL feminism instead of the "gender" BS.

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  8. congratulations! will you email the link ??minusthemath@gmail.com

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  9. Congratulations from me, too! :D

    It's sad that you can't publicize the magazine's name out of concern for the peace of the publishers. I really don't want to know what kind of mail you receive.

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  10. fuckoff. your writing sucks.

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  11. Congratulations!

    Butch invisibility is an important subject that often gets ignored.

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  12. Anon@3:10pm

    And yet here you are reading...lol

    dirt

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  13. Very cool; hope you have a lot of readers.

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  14. Congrats on getting published, Dirt!

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  15. Congrats, that's awesome Dirt.

    And I just want to say, on the topic of Butch visibility:

    I was just at the gym and there was this big, beautiful butch working out, proud and out for everyone to see and respect (or fuck off). In a place where the atmosphere is thick with testosterone and related menace, being a Butch takes a million times more pride and courage than any "queer" or cowardly FtM will ever muster. And because that Butch was out and proud today, my world expanded too. So thank you to all the Butches who won't bow down to the gender essentialists. I'm grateful to every single Butch who lives her life honestly and openly.

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  16. Gender essentialists? It's us dyke 'gender essentialists' who get shit on for naming that the sex you're born is YOUR SEX, and there ARE differences, not just what you THINK you are between your ears.....the trans are always arguing against 'gender essentialism', that whatever they fantasize is real.

    But in any case, YOU GO, Dirt, and please do send me a copy of your writing! I too got published a few months ago about one of my sex magic experiences in an anthology!

    Anything for Butch Visibility. Our Female Identified Butch group met in community for the first time last Monday and it was intense, but there were several lifelong Butches in that group, most of whom are also strongly Feminist one way or another....we talked about some really REAL issues.
    Including resisting that pressure to transition for those who have had that pressure, and owning both our Femaleness and Butchness.
    Congrats!,
    -MasterAmazon

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  17. Hi D,
    As you can see, I've continued reading your blog. I'm a lesbian, but I'm not a butch (I like them though). I'm respectful and I have a question, because maybe I haven't understood well. Why do you talk about butch invisibility? I don't think butch lesbians are invisible, but the opposite, they're very obvious! For me, more than invisible, butches are voiceless. What do you think?
    Could you send me the link? In my blog, comments have to be approved by me before the publication.

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  18. I appreciate your answer, now I understand.
    Could you send me that link?

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