Following up on an article I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I found another human being who was addressing the same issue in a different vein. A San-Francisco based photography project called "Butch" spearheaded by Meg Allen highlights the "identity and presentation of female masculinity as it stands in 2013-14".
According to Meg Allen's website the project is about : "It is a celebration of those who choose to exist and identify outside of the binary; who still get he’d and she’d differently throughout the day; who get called-out in bathrooms and eyed suspiciously at the airport; who have invented names for themselves as parents because “Mom” nor “Dad” feels quite right; and who will generally expect that stare from the gender police trying to figure out if they are “a boy or a girl”. It is an homage to the bull-daggers and female husbands before me, and to the young studs, gender queers, and bois who continue to bloom into the present."
I'll admit that I do that too. I look at people and try to box them into stereotypes which I've developed in my head. It helps me understand them better in an odd way because I think I have them figured out. We all do that. And this has got nothing to do with your upbringing, nationality, sexuality, race etc. We build those stereotypes irrespective of these factors because we want to know people and understand what they mean or stand for at a subconscious level. So, don't beat yourself up if you are guilty of forming or adhering to preconceived notions.
However, I don't want to be confined with those limitations about people. Everyone is different. We keep evolving as a species everyday and if you don't open your mind to make room for these changes in perceptions and behaviours then you are leaving yourself out of this whole cycle of evolution.
I don't know. Maybe, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself but I strongly believe that it's the outliers who shape the future of any generation. Embrace anomalies. Embrace change. Forge ahead into the future.
Take a close look (Butch). They are beautiful.
Sources : http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/photographing-the-butch-women-of-san-francisco