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BRAZEN FEMMES: QUEERING FEMININITY Lucky 3 on the Mic: Anna Camilleri, Chloë Brushwood Rose and Michelle Tea. Tuesday, June 3rd pm. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Paperback. p., very good first edition trade paperback original in black pictorial wraps. A Manifesto for ther.

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Anyone at all familiar with lesbian culture is at least marginally aware of femme invisibility, and those who have been affected by it — typically those who identify as femme — have also felt ridiculously frustrated.

Though much has been written on the subjects of sexual and gender identities, far fewer texts examine femme identity on its own terms; femme as an identity that stands alone. Traditionally, when the femme identity is examined at all, it is examined in direct contrast with butch.

But while the butch-femme dynamic is indeed an integral part of lesbian culture and history herstory? Instead, the contributors of Brazen Femme show us identities that are self-containing and independent, identities that define themselves precisely by resisting definition. Nor will you find queefing butch-femme erotica or fluttery poetry describing the efmininity pain of corset-lacing and the subversive power of red lipstick.

Femme is aggressive, its contents raw: The book is, for lack of a better word, intense, and unlike most anthologies, it never gets boring; as in, the contents never blend together and end up reading pretty much the same after awhile. Take that, One Direction. You need to login in order to like this post: This sounds wonderfully complex and out of the [one dimensional] femme-box that so many people seem to think exists.


I stumbled upon it at the library in the queer section a couple years ago, read it, loved it, then ordered my own copy.

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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha was my fav author of the anthology, her piece was fantastic. This is queerin great book with pretty diverse points of view. I wish it was longer, or that there was a second volume. There are lots of ideas in this book to either relate to or to consider as a new perspective.

But yeah, that is totally true. It sucks so bad.

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You know what I mean? Story of my life. You know, like when people figure out that we live together and just automatically refer to her as my “roommate”. I’d love to live in a world where people don’t make those kinds of assumptions automatically.

I mean, we definitely act like a couple so I feel like it is obvious if one pays the slightest bit of attention.

Having to correct people qjeering explain over and over again gets so old! Obviously, I have been very ignorant in my life concerning homosexuality. Even some time after sleeping with girls. I will buy anything she has touched. I think it is just feminihity appropriation and I find it offensive. You make a good point though. However, lesbians do not own queerness. You expressed disagreement at the idea that someone other than a lesbian could be femme.

If that is not what you meant, then maybe we agree; my point is that anyone who is queer can identify as femme. It is not, nor should it be, an identity exclusive to lesbians.

Another one to recommend is the Femme Mystique anthology from Leslea Newman. I found it in a gay used bookstore in Richmond, VA, like, ten, twelve years ago and it totally changed my life… ha. This book was the first glimpse of femme lesbians that I ever had… it was a breath of fresh air and I related completely and it made me feel so incredibly powerful.


To this day, it is one of my favorite books ever. So… thanks for bringing this book to my attention as well. This sounds like a great new read. I feel genuinely grateful every time I discover a new one on subjects like queerness, feminism, and femininity. I have to get my hands on this book.

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I am so buying this book. I for the most part feel like a femme, but at the same time I feel like a boi, especially by the way I dress. I like to call myself a girly girl, tomboy.

One of the editors Anna Camilleri is also an amazing writer in her own right; the books Boys Like Her a compilation from a queer performance troupe she was in with Ivan Coyote and others and I am a Red Dress also investigate queer feminity and are beautifully written. Mila Mila has written 2 articles for us. You May Also Like Log in to Reply.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention! Thank you for the recommendation! So we do agree. My summer reading list right now is getting insane. Contribute to the conversation Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.