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 20 - Androgy on Holiday
Good evening lesbians, androgynous folk, distinguished guests and anyone else that may by chance be reading this. I write to you this week from the southern state of Australia. Tasmania that is. It's cold down here and I'm camping in a caravan park. It's kind of a miracle that this blog can be posted but I'll explain that story another day. This week I want to discuss my experience down in these southern lands these past few weeks so go make yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and exercise your eyes.
So I drove down to Tasmania with my mum and for those that aren't too sure about Australian geography that means driving your car on a giant boat and sailing over the bass strait. Well that's all well and good except the bass strait happens to be a terribly rough waterway which made for a terribly rough 10 hour boat ride. I managed to keep my lunch down but alot of people didn't. Anyway, we arrived safely and drove across the state to my aunties place where I stayed for a week. Now my Aunty lives in a small town with a reputation similar to that town called chino (for all the o.c fans)in other words...it's really rough. To the point where my mother wouldn't let me walk around the streets by myself. On the one chance I did get to check out the small town (choosing a skateboard as my method of transport) I was able to see just how truely small minded this small town was. On my travels I met a group of young kids probably around 12-13 years old who thought it was appropriate to discuss between themselves my gender very loudly across a street. I was different to them and I felt very uncomfortable in that town.
After a few days of sightseeing my girlfriend arrived. Now I'm not completely sure of the gay or lesbian scene in Tasmania but I do know that I don't feel particularly comfortable here as a lesbian lady.
As someone who is out and proud of who I am, I constantly have to remind myself that there are some people who are uncomfortable or just uneducated about gay folks. Perhaps I'm not using the right words. Some people just havnt seen us 'different' peope. As much as we argue until were blue in the face that we aren't different were exactly the same as everyone else, there are still places like this that see us as different.
The fact that I'm a girl that looks like a boy doesn't help my current predicament either. I get more confused looks, I get more comments and I feel even more self conscious. Whats an androgynous girl to do in a place full of small-town minded people? Ignore? Educate? Hide?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned in the coming weeks to find out!
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