First Advisor

Miriam Abelson

Date of Award

Summer 8-4-2022

Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies and University Honors


Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies






Radical queer positionalities have become and ever increasing aspect of movement towards a queer future. Although these positionalities take up a distinct and original space, they contain multitudes of experience and the full implications of the hegemonic realities that we exist in. Within this project I will be looking at butch identity and the radical potentiality of butch identity and positionality. This will naturally be contrasted by the ways in which butch identities and positionalities reinforce both aspects of hegemonic masculinity and white supremacy. Ultimately, butch identity reveals the capacity for living within and embodying a full range of gender expression. It reveals the potential to harness the beauty and power of both the masculine and the feminine, traditional masculinities and female masculinities. Butch identity is more than simply an identity, but an individual queer positionality and future, the potential for more. This exploration will delve into more than simply what butch identity currently is, but will ultimately seek to explore what butch identity can be.


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