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Butch Is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman
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Jan 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: at-home, essays, feminist, from-trin, humor, non-fiction, queer, trans
Recommended to DDog by: Trin
Read from January 01 to 20, 2010 , read count: 1

I hate to say it, but this book should have been shorter. Either that, or I should only have tried to read one essay a day, or perhaps one a week. I read it slower than in one sitting, but the pace at which I read it meant I felt I was reading the same thing over and over again at times. Most of them are pretty short but others feel too long, giving the book as a whole a choppy feeling.

Many of these essays were very personal, very intimate, and I felt rather voyeuristic reading some of them, although that's not necessarily a bad thing.

On the positive side, I enjoyed the language Bear uses and many of hir experiences spoke to me, although I've never identified as butch. Given our age, gender, and familial differences, Bear's writing gives me some insight into another area of queer identity that I sometimes travel through but don't call home. I do recommend it for those reasons.

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