Los Angeles, CA.
Masculinity has always been something I have struggled to define. Both within the confines of society and within myself. As I continuously grow more in touch with my true self, I have found the meaning to become more flexible than I had originally thought. Masculinity to me is something I previously connected to identifying as male. I identify 100 percent as a woman, though many would tell you otherwise based on my appearance and behaviors. For years I was under the impression that I had to pick “masculine” or “feminine”, and that anywhere in between was only confusing. There are so many parts of me that would classically fall into both categories but I am quickly labeled as a “boi” strictly based on my style choices and hobbies. That never sat right with me. I now realize that everyone, regardless of gender, contains aspects of masculinity as well as femininity, and that unique combination is what makes us so beautiful. Though social constructs have historically encouraged embracing only one of those components, in reality all we are just is a mix of everything masculine and feminine. I have never felt more comfortable with myself than I do now that I have embraced that knowledge. I cannot be labeled. I am just me.