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Femme: Feminists, Lesbians and Bad Girls

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Femme seeks to redress the ways that femme identities have been elided, idealized, or not fully historicized in a productive reconsideration of lesbian and butch-femme history, of feminism, and of queer thought. As a feminist project, Femme offers an alliance between many communities of women previously passed over by feminism. Contributors: Leah Lilith Albrecht-Samarasinh ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published July 15th 1997 by Routledge
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Letitia
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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I have a lot of thoughts about this book, but I'm not going to air them all here. Some because they are boring, some because they are misshapen or half-formed, and some because they are too personal.

This book is a mixture of academic and highly poetic, and maybe an intentional blend of both. It's an anthology of sorts, giving voice to various femmes of the mid to late 20th century. I think this is probably a work that some will deeply connect with and feel themselves "seen." I did not have that
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Martine
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I finished this weeks ago but it took me this long to process it. “A femininity that is transgressive, disruptive, and chosen.” Femme as coded behavior, femme as negotiation of power. Femme as identity, performance and “gut-wrenching need.” Femme as not depending “solely on being seen with a butch.” Seeking the “embrace of masculinity devoid of superiority.” “Femmes share more with drag queens and MTF transgendered [sic] people than we do with straight women.” Femme as ok as long as other signif ...more
CMolieri
An anthology about what it means to be 'femme' from a variety of writers and self proclaimed 'femmes,' in which the writers featured here discuss at length the stereotypes often associated with the term 'femme,' and what it means to them, and how the movement, society, and the writers themselves have changed over the years. ...more
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