Androgen Confuses Men on Dating Apps
First message from a set of abs: ‘Hey’
And I reply – because I’m a coy bitch – ‘Hey’
Your response, and it blows my mind
your poetry, your words
the Artful way you compose language.
The yellow and black of Grindr
cannot contain the majesty of
with a picture of your penis.
Another man, we get to chatting.
I make a joke about
‘My tired, gay arse’
which is met with
‘But I’m straight ; )’
; ) after each declaration of heterosexuality
as if it cancels out the fact
you found me fuckable to begin with.
I explain I am not a girl,
and yes I am trans
but not a trans woman.
I’m trans in a different direction.
If you stopped to read
take that hand off your junk
maybe I’m not the queer body
to be bodied with you.
About the author
Bio: Jem Hewett is a bookseller, writer, illustrator, and proud cat parent from Wellington, New Zealand who works hard promoting diverse media. Their art portfolio can be found at onesuspiciousbird.com, or on twitter @1suspiciousbird.