Butch is many things to many people. Butch is a haircut; butch is a way of living; butch is a swagger; butch is wearing the pants. To cultural anthropologist Gayle Rubin (“Of catamites and kings: Reflections on butch, gender, and boundaries,” in Joan Nestle’s The Persistent Desire. A Femme-Butch-Reader), “Butch is the lesbian vernacular term for women who are more comfortable with masculine gender codes.” To essayist S. Bear Bergman (in Butch Is A Noun), “First of all, butch is a noun. And an adjective. And a verb.”
What is butch to you? Whatever it is, it’s the day to celebrate it because it’s International Butch Appreciation Day!
We’ve written a lot about the butch identity in the past, so if you want further reading on the subject, revisit these articles:
Now, onto the celebration. Here are a few images of butch women we love, for your viewing pleasure.
Who is your favorite butch? What have you done for her lately?