Gay Mag
Published in

Gay Mag

What it Feels Like for a Butch

On barbershop pleasures

Illustration by Louisa Bertman


“M“Mid-fade to half, keep my sideburns, taper to zero at the neck, a bit off the top with some texture,” I tell my barber in the lingo it took me ten years to learn.

My eyes close as he pumps my chair, leans me back, and begins. I feel the electric purr of the clippers moving against my scalp and neck, cutting hair away…




A new magazine from Roxane Gay offering some of the most interesting and thoughtful cultural criticism to be found on the Web. Our first quarterly is coming in June 2019. We value deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy.

Recommended from Medium

LGBT should be everyone’s fight

The Rowling issue

Transgender Werewolves Howling at the Moon

Perspective through The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Corporations are Proud in June… But That’s Just For Clout.

Transition Timeline

Are Aces Doomed to Just Be Tokens in LGBTQ+ Spaces?

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Melissa Mora Hidalgo, PhD

Melissa Mora Hidalgo, PhD

author, writer, & adjunct profe | literature, ethnic, & gender studies | life’s a butch, son of something, & other queer Chicana stories from L.A. to Limerick

More from Medium

Women deserve better endometriosis treatment

5 lessons Netflix’s: Is it Cake? Taught me about life.

Why Heartstopper makes me explode with happiness and seethe with jealousy