Patricia “Cacahuate” Manuel
Elite amateur boxer
USA Boxing profile
1. What is your relationship with the word or identity “butch?”
The older I’ve become and the more comfortable I have grown in my own skin, I have realized how much of myself is tied into the word “butch”. When I was younger, I was self-conscious of having my sex misread by other people. Eventually as I grew up I realized that there wasn’t necessarily a contradiction between my female sex and my masculine gender identity. For me, this is the meaning of butch and it truly expresses who I am.
2. What kind of words and labels, if any, do you use to identify yourself?
Like I stated earlier, butch is probably the best word/label to describe me. I usually don’t care much for whatever words people use to identify me. Unless of course I feel like I can make a joke of it.
3. What do you wish you could tell your younger self about sex, sexuality, or gender?
I’d definitely tell my younger self, “Cut your hair off. The chicks will totally dig it.”