The belt side key ring is one of the most surviving sartorial representation of lesbian culture, one of the few customs of our kind that's both peaceable and right. Gays seeking the internet for methods to find their soulmate and send out lesbian vibes will learn that "the cosmic key chain sign for lesbians is the carabiner clip" and even straight people know it.
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And that joke in which comedian Fortune Feimster laughed at Pharrell Williams who wore sparkling yellow carabiner on his pants in 2015 at BET Awards.
Kate McKinnon's poorly performed lesbian character in 2015's Sister! That has a whole collection of carabiners to her name.
Bechdel wrote, "As a kid, I thought bunches of keys on belts were just really cool, but I don't think I ever saw a woman wearing one, then after college, I moved to New York City and got one myself, I can't quite remember what possessed me. Maybe I saw someone else doing it. Or maybe I just saw it at the hardware store and thought, 'what the hell! I'm in New York, I can do whatever I want,' " reports Slate.com
The technique stems from the history of butch women being attracted to the dominant aesthetic of blue-collar jobs and being shunted into such work because they didn't fit the sexuality moulds of the other career tracks like the stewardess, waitress, secretary which were available to women in ancient times.
Without strict dress codes, women who worked as custodians, postal workers, and mechanics could stretch the boundaries of accepted gender presentations. They also needed easily accessible keys.
"An identifier, a way to make myself visible to other lesbians, and not even in a sexual way, just as a way of connecting and finding community," calls Bechdel.
For the communities which are facing discrimination and injustice, which have only a few supporters in the crowd of millions. In that case, it becomes hard for 'them' to identify people from their community.
As now, the sacred symbol has been broadcast from Broadway stages, it feels a bit obvious to get noticed in the public.
"Nowadays I keep my keys on a carabiner, and stow them in my bag," Bechdel told Slate.com.
"There are certain occasions when clipping them onto my belt loop makes the most sense, but ever since 'Ring of Keys' became the national butch anthem, I feel strangely self-conscious about doing that."