Butch Heroes

A terrific project.

“In this series of portraits I am using the format of traditional Catholic holy cards to represent people who were born female bodied, but chose to live outside of the traditional female gender roles of their society.  They were more masculine than feminine in the way they presented their gender, and had documented relationships with women. As a culturally Catholic genderqueer, I research and choose individuals from diverse ethnic, societal, and geographic backgrounds in an effort to bring forth lost history. Many of these individuals have been heterosexualized, criminalized or their stories were intentionally censored in an effort to hide their queer identity. The portraits involve extensive research into aspects of each person’s life, social class, employment, clothing and environment.  I strive to be historically accurate, detailed and culturally sensitive to each individual.”

To read more about Ria Brodell’s terminology, methodology etc, read here.

To see the full series, look here.

Reader query: interview advice?

Not sure if this really needs a post, but thought I’d shoot all the fantastic feminists here to see if they had time for some advice.

I’m an adjunct at a community college and love teaching there. I’ve been interviews for adjunct positions at other community colleges and all have gone well (i.e. I’ve gotten hired to teach a class for each academic interview I’ve completed). Now I’m up for a tenure track position at a community college and I’m not sure what to expect. The process seems pretty formal (3 interview questions that I’ll get to look at 20 minutes prior to the interview and a teaching demonstration). Does anyone have any advice on what kinds of questions to expect? What I ought to wear? Whether I should take out my (small and unobtrusive) nose ring? (I gender identify as female and typically wear simple a-line skirts. I’m rather tall, but don’t shy away from wearing heels.)

Any advice is appreciated – especially on what kinds of questions I might expect. (I imagine that the clothing will just have to sort itself out!).