Masculine of center

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Masculine of center (MoC) is a queer masculine identity. As described by the grassroots organization BUTCH Voices, this is a term that was "coined by B. Cole of the Brown Boi Project, that recognizes the breadth and depth of identity for lesbian/queer/womyn who tilt toward the masculine side of the gender scale and includes a wide range of identities such as butch, stud, aggressive/AG, dom, macha, tomboi, trans-masculine etc."[1]

Masculine of center is not a trans-only identity; cis women can also be masculine of center.[2]

The term "masculine of center" has been criticized for oversimplifying "gender expression down to a simple gradiation, with pure femininity on one end and pure masculinity on the other."[3]

Notable people

One notable person who identifies as masculine of center is the American fashion designer and activist Nik Kacy, who also identifies as third sex and and genderfluid.[4]

Masculine of center characters in fiction

There are many more nonbinary/genderqueer characters in fiction. The following are only some of those characters who are specifically called "masculine of center"/"masc of center", either in the canon, or by their creators.

  • Whirlwind, by Reese Morrison, is a collection of interconnected short romance/sex stories. One of the main characters, Carla, describes himself as genderqueer and masculine-of-center.[5]
  • In the romance/suspense novel A Jade's Diamond, by Char Dafoe, one of the main characters is a stone butch millionaire named Trystan Diamond, who uses singular they pronouns and describes themself as "masculine of centre".

See also


  1. "Who We Are". BUTCH Voices. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  2. Takács, Bogi (2 September 2018). "Why "women + nonbinary" is not a good idea". Bogi Reads the World. Retrieved 13 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Gender is a landscape not a line **". Butch Enough. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  4. Coblentz, Natalie Yvette (23 February 2015). "NiK Kacy: The First Gender-Equal Luxury Footwear Line". dapperQ. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  5. Morrison, Reese (2020). Whirlwind (Kindle ed.).

Further reading