pronoun: she/an earthquake
how do your fashion/aesthetic choices shape the way you interact with your queer identity? what about your gender identity?
I will often make very different fashion choices baed on my state of mind and how I want to present myself on a day to day basis. The first outfit I’m wearing represents me when I want to appear more closed off and unseen. It feels like a kind of armor in a way.
The second outfit is much more open and usually what I feel best wearing but also it makes me feel much more exposed.
what about words that resonate with the way you feel about how you dress yourself or present in the world? what about words that resonate with your gender identity? is there overlap?
A large black slab of marble inexplicably found in a forest clearing
Trees struck by lightning
A handful of dried roses
what’s the one item of clothing in your wardrobe that you couldn’t go without?
tattered black t shirt
do you notice people reacting differently when you dress different ways? what does that look like? how do you keep yourself safe while continuing to represent your fabulous true self?
I don’t often get harassed but maybe that’s because I actively block out most of the world by always having headphones on listening to music or just scowling really intensely. I do notice that a lot more people will stare at me when I’m wearing a dress or skirt but I usually just stare back until they look away//fuck off
how do you feel about butch/femme masc/femme dichotomies within queer cultures? Are they helpful? harmful? both?
I think that having pre established identities like femme/butch/whatever can be useful as things to hold on to when feeling lost and unable to figure out your identity. The problem with them lies in those identities being treated as deterministic finalities. They are seen as definitions of self that determine how you should think about what you wear and the things you do. Like, if you identify as ‘femme’ and fix a motorcycle, people will call that ‘hard femme’ or if you’re butch and you pick flowers that becomes ‘soft butch’. I think that holding on to these identities and holding people to these categories can be just as harmful as defined genders.
tell me a little about the outfit(s) you chose to be photographed in!
The first outfit is more how I dress on a daily basis. I got the highland shirt from my friend Max and it has a great, kinda goofy motocross goth vibe to it. The t shirt I wore over it is probably my favorite piece of clothing for completely inexplicable reasons. I wear it almost every day.
The second one is what I wear when I feel like dressing up a bit more. The dress was a gift from my friend Leila (it was actually part of a trade that involved a bunch of clothes and pokemon cards) and I’ve had those boots for over 2 years.
anything else you want to add?
<3 <3 <3