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 25: Androgyny travels to the East
Hello androgynous folk and welcome back to the (sometimes slack) weekly and always fun androgynous vault! My apologies for the lack of posts for the past two weeks but unfortunate events have become obstacles in the way of blogging. One such obstacle was the lack of internet connection as I was flying across Asia on my way to Shanghai, China last week. This androgynous girl is officially in the Middle Kingdom!
A bit of background information for those interested. This half of the androgynous vault (this half being ninja) is spending a year in the middle kingdom, more commonly known as China. I'm spending a year here studying the Chinese language in an attempt to finally master the language of which I have studied for many many years. In the week that I have been here I have made my way to Zhejiang University (pronounced Jerr Jung) and have spent the week working out bus routes, looking at Buddhist temples and eating a lot, some might say too much, delicious Chinese food.
Let's discuss the most pressing issue, androgyny in China. Even though this is a country not known for it's generosity to homosexual people, it is also a country full to the brim of feminine males and a small portion of females that look like guys. So far, my androgynous disposition has confused many of the Chinese who seem to lack the ability to spot those of my kind. Instead of the usual odd looks I am used to as I enter the women's bathroom, I am greeted with long stares with eyes that follow me all the way to the toilet. Not only that, I have been called Mister and treated as a male the entire time I've been here. Of course, lucky for me this doesn't offend me.
It's interesting to me as someone who comes from a country where the common man is very masculine to see some men, well not just some, a fair portion of men, acting more feminine. Let me just be clear, I don't mean this in a derogatory manner and I hope that no one reading this blog would interpret my words in this way. I also don't want to bring up any stereotypical traits of men and women from different countries. These are simply my observations in terms of the topic androgyny thus far in my Chinese travels.
As my travels continue I will also endeavor to study androgyny further in this far kingdom and report my findings here. Once again I do apologize for the lack of posts these past few weeks but hopefully as I become more settled in my new temporary home, this blog will be running as it's usual fast paced self.
Remember eat lots of fruit, drink lots of water and don't forget to be awesome!
Comments? Questions? 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
- Volume 14: unisex toilets? let's discuss.
- Volume 15: The Recent UN Vote And It's Consequences To Us Androgynous Folk
- Volume 16: We Need You
- Volume 17: Bright lights and two spirit sexuality
- Volume 18: Tegan and Sara...confusing the general public...dumb questions.
- Volume 19: The Glamorous Kind
- Volume 20: Androgy on Holiday
- Volume 21: QLD Flood Crisis
- Volume 22: Androgyny on Holiday: Part 2
- Volume 23: She So Hard
- Volume 24: righto chaps! cup of tea then? Let's celebrate!
- Volume 25: Androgyny travels to the East
- Volume 26: Boys in the girls room...Girls in the men's room