historical or present

in light of the recent, disturbing trends i’ve seen growing on tumblr and elsewhere lately, i’d like to clarify a few things about butchness as an identity, a concept, and a subject worthy of respect.

butch is a lesbian identity historically defined by aspects of presentation, behavior, and self-perception. it has its roots (at least in america) around world war ii, where thousands of women took on stereotypically masculine jobs in the women’s army corps, becoming welders, truck drivers, and more confident in breaking from feminine ideals. it emerged as a coherent idea within lesbianism around the forties when the lesbian bar scene took off and saw its heyday in the fifties and sixties, where butches learned from each other how to dress, act, woo femmes, and carry themselves and their brave identities with self-assurance and pride. since then, it has grown and changed alongside lesbian culture and gender perceptions, surfacing a little differently every decade.

butch is an intriguing and gorgeous gem from lesbian history (and lgbt history as a whole). lgbt individuals have forever sought ways to express their desires and identities outside of society’s stringent gender-based norms. masculinity, in particular, has been closely guarded, held holy, and a means of oppression. women who had nothing to do with men whatsoever — women hated by men as a whole — forged their own rules and roles and lifestyles from the ashes of men’s pride, with utter indifference towards that which men held dear.

butch is outside of the common perception of gender. it stands against the idea that gender identity and presentation must be thought of as completely distinct — and also allows that gender identity and presentation be held distinct and at odds with one another. there are butches who affirm themselves completely as women and butchness as an integral part of their womanhood, in opposition with the standards of femininity imposed upon women everywhere. there are butches who identify personally and intimately with the androgyny and gender nonconformity that butch presentation necessitates, and might go by he/his pronouns or have their children call them “dad” without being any less lesbian, any less butch. these are both completely valid and acceptable ways of being butch.

butch is not maleness or male privilege. butches are not men. masculine presentation does not a man make. butch is by necessity lesbian, and lesbianism by its very existence has everything to do with women and nothing to do with men. butch is complex, challenging, and diverse, and requires nuance in consideration and analysis. this is not something to hate. this is not something to fear. it is something to wonder at, to appreciate, to learn from.

butch is not evil. is not ugly, unless a butch would like to reclaim the ugliness that society’s spite has thrust upon her. is not oppressive. is not something to be conflated with maleness, whether cis or trans.

butch is beautiful. is handsome. is brave. is enduring. is revolutionary. is significant, both historically and for today. is magnificent. is admirable. is strong.

butch hatred is not the hatred of men or the hatred of some ridiculous, universally oppressive “masculinity.” butch hatred is hatred directed towards women and, furthermore, lesbians. butch hatred is the hatred of lesbians who have been a significant part of the backbone of lesbian culture as long as lesbian culture has existed. the women hated foremost in the twenties were those who wore pants. the women labeled as “gender inverts” for their posture, confident stance, and preference for “men’s activities” in the late nineteenth century wrote the first books women like them could turn to for stories of women’s love for women, for women not acting the way women ought to. (see the well of loneliness by radclyffe hall.)

butches are not privileged for their butchness. butches are widely disadvantaged and punished for their gender nonconformity. the fact that we live in a day and age where some people — some lesbians, even — are so isolated from actual gender dynamics that they would believe that women can get goodies from society for not acting “like women” is completely, wickedly mind-boggling.

stop with “masculine privilege.” stop with “butch privilege.” stop with “femme oppression,” which is a post for another day. the hatred of butches is frankly inexcusable and deeply shameful. you are better than this, and butches deserve far, far more than the spite and ignorance you show them.

this post is wholly inclusive of trans butches.


Artist Fuses Vintage Photographs with Present-Day Paris to Make History Come Alive

These historical composites layered over modern day scenes showcase the timeless postcard perfection and rich narratives that flow through the streets of Paris. By combining past and present portraits of the famous French capital, art director Julien Knez showcases just how many changes the City of Lights has seen over the past 100 years.

Waiting means

Wait is a word that means something good is going to happen. A word that even when, like a wave, I go somewhere far away for a bit, my friend will find me. A word that even when there’s something scary like a shark around,you don’t have to be scared or look around(for something), A word that means my friend is wishing for me not to get hurt. A word the warms the heart. A word that means something good is going to happen.

tyuran  asked:

You've probably heard of it, but if you haven't, the Lore podcast would probably be right up your alley--it's basically a series of informative episodes on various historical folkloric/paranormal topics, presented by someone who's obviously poured a lot of time and energy into researching folklore. A lot of them are spooky but not, like, terrifying; I've been using them for background noise while working and they reminded me a lot of some of what you've said about your WL research.

I already listen to it! It’s very interesting! I can’t get enough of American legends. :)

Standing studio portrait of an unidentified Native American (Osage) man. - Squires - 1890s

The Osage Nation (English pronunciation: /ˈoʊseɪdʒ/ OH-sayj) (Ni-u-kon-ska, “People of the Middle Waters”) is a Midwestern Native American tribe of the Great Plains who historically dominated much of present-day Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The tribe developed in the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys around 700 BC among other groups in its language family. It migrated west of the Mississippi after the 16th century due to wars with Iroquois invading the Ohio Valley from New York and Pennsylvania in a search for new hunting grounds.


Sungseok Ahn 안 성석 (Korean, b. 1985, Suwon, Korea) - 1: Cheonan Independence Hall  2: Old Seoul Station  3: Janganmun, North Gate of Suwon Hwaseong 4: Jeonghye Temple 13 Storied Pagoda  5: Cheonan Independence Hall  6: Gwanghwamun Main Gate Of Gyeongbokgung  7: Bunhwang Temple Pagoda  8: Donhwamun, Main Gate of Changdeok Palace  9: Two Phase Sungnyemun Main Gate Of Hanyang Capital City from Historic Present series, 2014  Photography

Historic Present questions the memory of past from the fast changing scenery of today. By overlapping a historical location with an old image of that exact place, he questions the way we treat our history.

Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico

The unparalleled history of the fall of Old Mexico. Drawing on newly discovered sources and writing with brilliance, drama, and profound historical insight, Hugh Thomas presents an engrossing narrative of one of the most significant events of Western history. Ringing with the fury of two great empires locked in an epic battle, Conquest captures in extraordinary detail the Mexican and Spanish civilizations and offers unprecedented in-depth portraits of the legendary opponents, Montezuma and Cortés. Conquest is an essential work of history from one of our most gifted historians.


White Chocolate Mocha ( Burr X Reader )



And hereby, I present you my first Aaron Burr imagine, because anon said: 134 with burr where the reader orders something really sugary so when burr accidentally drinks it he lets out a kinda rude comment like “ugh who is this for a 12 year old?” but can it end with a really fluffy ending please? It’s sort of small, but I think I like it. It was really hard to write, though, because there’s so few Burr X Reader here on tumblr.

Either ways. Remember you have until tonight to send me questions for the Q&A! Love y’all! And I hope you enjoy this!

Word Count: 836

Warnings: –

Aaron Burr was sitting by the counter of Revolutionary Café, his laptop opened in front of him as he re-read the essay he was supposed to land his teacher a few days later, when the barista showed up and put two identical coffee cups next to him. Noticing there was someone sitting right by his side, he took the one closer to his hand, obliviously taking the cup directly to his lips and sipping it. On the moment the sweet, sugary liquid touched his tongue, he gasped, putting a hand over his mouth and trying not to spit it. 

“God”, he muttered, grabbing a napkin and cleaning his lips. Normally, he would have kept quiet, but it was just sort of automatic. “Whose is this? I didn’t think kids came to Revolutionaries.”

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I Think They Like You (Part 2)

Part 1 can be read here.

Word Count: 1530 words

Warnings: none

Author’s Note: Sorry for the late update on this one my lovelies. This is the second part of the probably 4 part fic that might get even longer if I continue liking it this much. Written mostly in the past but also sometimes slips into the historical present. A tad bit of jealous Matthew is included, as well as subtle foreplay in the car that is soon going to get more intense in the next part.  Hope you enjoy and feedback is always greatly appreciated! Do let me know if a 3rd part would be welcomed. xxx

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Are History & The Past Two Different Things? 

New from PBS Idea Channel!