The Androgynous vault is a blog (and sometimes vlog) about the lives of two androgynous girls in Brisbane. This blog offers a perspective of life through androgynous eyes.
Volume #12 - Finally...Here's MoneT aka Pirate
Let me set the scene.
iTunes playing The Jezabels, eyes popping out of my head from staring at this word document, words streaming in and out my brain and a body in need of a walk or some form of exercise.
I’d like to apologise for my obvious absence from this blog. I have now officially finished my double degree, which frees up some of my time allowing for me to write to you-the lovely readers of the Androgynous Vault. I’d also like to mention that Ninja has been holding up a very strong front. It is now my turn to man this ship.
So what I’d like to do is share some anecdotes with you, anecdotes where I (Pirate aka MoneT) have been mistaken for the ‘opposite’ gender. When I tell these stories to friends, family or work colleagues some of their reactions consist of outrage, offense, shock or humor. I would like for you to read the following with a humorous lens because after all I am androgynous and ride on the confusion of the wider community boxing me into a gender stereotype.
Note the following are in no specific order.
I work at a cinema complex and took one of my male friends to see “Up in the Air”. After the film we made a trip to the toilets. We respectively went to our gendered signed toilets. As I entered female toilets to one of the middle cubicles I received a strange stare from an older woman as she ushered what looked to be her grandchildren from the toilets. I found this amusing as always. As I exited the female toilets two of my co-workers rushed by me and asked if a man had been in the toilets. I told them not since I’d been in there. They headed in to check out the scene. I then realized that there must have been some confusion with my identity. We all had laughs. Apparently a man reported that another man had walked into the female toilets.
During my shifts at work I perform routine toilet checks and without a doubt I get double takes from whoever is doing their business in the toilets.
The next anecdote is also work related. Parents of young children often refer to me as “the nice man” or “the young man”. This one time a lady told her 4 or 5 year old son to “give the nice man your money” and I responded “that’s $5.90 thanks” and she said to her son after hearing my voice “give the nice girl your money”. She did not look at me once and quickly rushed off towards the cinemas. This is a likely occurrence that happens once every two shifts.
My favourites happen at school. You see, I’m studying (well I’ve now completed my degrees) to become a drama/film tv and new media teacher. So the best stories happen while I’m on Secondary Field placements. My attire when I’m teaching consists of business pants and a business button shirt that I roll up to ¾ length. Mind you at my internship I only wore skinny leg jeans, flannelette shirts, business shirts and polo t-shirts. So this throws off the students especially the boys. Moral of this story is that whilst on playground duty or even walking through the school grounds kids yell out “oi Miss” to see if I turn around. My all time favourite is when they yell out “Excuse me are you a man or woman?” and to that I continue walking as I hear them all argue their theories. Oh kids, bless them.
I’ll leave this here. There are more stories to tell but I’ll save them for a later date.
What are your stories? I’d like to know.
Comments? Question? Anything?
- Volume One - The Introduction
- Volume Two - Gender Confusion
- Volume Three - Categories and Neatly Defined Boxes
- Volume Four - Tomato sauce, Assassinations and a woman Prime Minister
- Volume Five - Undergarments and Academic Tanned Skin
- Volume Six - Naked and Nakedness?
- Volume Seven - Prejudice and Pride
- Volume Eight - It Gets Better
- Volume Nine - It's a plane, it's a pirate, wait no it's just Moneth
- Volume Ten - Purple, Revel and Riot, This Just Out and lot's of androgyny in between
- Volume Eleven - Androgynous Clothing
- Volume Twelve - Finally...Here's MoneT aka Pirate
- Volume Thirteen - Beauty