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[edit | edit source]

    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 genderfluid.[4]

    Masculine of center characters in fiction[edit | edit source]

    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[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. "Who We Are". BUTCH Voices. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
    2. Takács, Bogi (2 September 2018). "Why "women + nonbinary" is not a good idea". Bogi Reads the World. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 13 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
    3. "Gender is a landscape not a line **". Butch Enough. 31 July 2011. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
    4. Coblentz, Natalie Yvette (23 February 2015). "NiK Kacy: The First Gender-Equal Luxury Footwear Line". dapperQ. Archived from the original on 17 July 2023. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
    5. Morrison, Reese (2020). Whirlwind (Kindle ed.).

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