Love me some very, very butch lesbians. Yeah, if some gay men only do masc for masc, I can call my predilection for very butch women. Apparently Gentleman Jack is on HBO so I’ll probably never see it. But hey.
I know I'm not alone in my admiration for very stern ladies who just happen to enjoy other ladies (Hey Debra Heyyy). I find that some people find girls who like girls and look like boys kinda threatening because they (the people) have issues. Oh yes. Have you noticed that sometimes cisgender men find themselves a little on the uncomfortable side when they're faced with masculine girls and feminine boys? Like they cannot cross all the Ts and dot all the Is? Silly men.
There's a certain reticence in society to accept people who do not conform to the binary: men are supposed auto be manly and women are supposed to be womanly. Whatever that means. Whomever does not confirm that duality is deemed 'too much'. But I think that's a remnant of the fifties and the shookup that gender roles suffered after WWII. In the 1800s, when Gentleman Jack takes place, gender roles are of course, defined, but the idea that a woman would be and industrialist and landowner was kind of foreign and the thought of a woman courting another woman was basically unheard of. So of course Anne Lister had to go and pull off some mischief, living a life full of adventure and beautiful women.
I would like to watch this series. Apparently, it's historically accurate and gleamed from Anne's private diaries which were written in code. If that doesn't pique your curiosity, I don't know what will. I'm ready to borrow somebody's HBO Go password and watch the whole damn thing in one weekend. What say you? Deal?