Rae Theodore

 

Rae Theodore lives in Royersford, Pa., with her wife, children and, in stereotypical fashion, her cats. By day, she works as a staff writer for one of the world's largest communications firms. By night, she writes about living in that middle place where boy and girl collide. Her favorite day of the week is Tuesday because that's when her writers' group meets. 

 

You can read about her adventures in gender nonconformity on The Flannel Files at middleagebutch.wordpress.com.

Leaving Normal

Adventures in Gender

 

Leaving Normal: Adventures in Gender is creative nonfiction that takes an unflinching but humorous look at living as a butch in a pink/blue, boy-girl, M/F world. Here's my theory: I've always been a butch. When I was a child, it was called being a "tomboy." Later in life, I came out as a lesbian, which explained my fondness for flannel and sensible shoes, as well as my masculine ways. Still, something wasn't quite right. I watched spectator-like as my hair got shorter and my clothes started coming from the opposite side of the department store. When someone called me "sir" for the first time, I realized I had unintentionally crossed over into foreign territory -- that sliver of space that exists in the middle place between the absolutes of boy and girl.