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I went to Bikurious the other day for a haircut. Bikurious, aka Revolutions, is kind of a Montreal institution; a leftist bike repair shop and and makeshift hair salon. The hairdresser there, JJ, specializes in what they call "lesbian haircuts for anyone" - usually short, usually asymmetrical haircuts that could never be mistaken for heteronormative. I told them I wanted my hair cut like Morrissey's, and that is what they did.

It was kind of an event for me. I haven't let another person NEAR my hair with a pair of scissors since I was twelve, when I was (totally non-consensually) given a "boy" haircut, which led to a lot of bullshit and hostility because as a kid I was really androgynous and when people can't peg you as a certain gender they tend to get pissed. So I've been incredibly squirrely about having hair shorter than shoulder-length for a really long time. But now that I do I can't believe I didn't get it done sooner. It looks and feels SO GREAT. I am stoked, yeah!

Work continues to be exhaustive and great. Going to an intensive suicide prevention/crisis intervention training this weekend in Kahnawake. Excited about this.

on 2011-05-31 04:36 am (UTC)
chasingrainbows: (Fucking RAINBOWS!)
Posted by [personal profile] chasingrainbows
I've had the androgynous kind of appearance for a long time, especially as a kid (kind of harder now I have these things called hips, which I HATE). I think in a way I kind of courted that confusion as a way to protect myself; if someone was too busy wondering what gender I was (or preferably thinking I was a boy), they'd be less likely to grope me.

And of course I got the whole "Are you a lesbian" schtick through high school etc. because of my choice to have short hair. I really hope they're working loser jobs and basically being white trash right now.

on 2011-05-31 07:11 am (UTC)
chasingrainbows: (Fucking RAINBOWS!)
Posted by [personal profile] chasingrainbows
Yeah. A lot of the time I wouldn't answer either. I'd kinda shrug and ask them why it mattered. I feel pretty much dissociated from my body and have done for a long long time. I don't have any real attachment to it but I don't really feel the need to make surgical changes either. It's just a vessel I need to get around.

And sorry I AM TOTALLY DETRACTING from the main thrust of your post here, just shoot me.


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