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Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"Intimate, audacious, and exploding with interpretive trajectories, these images reach beyond their edges to re-invision projects of queer visiual testimony."—Juana Maria Rodriguez, University of California, Berkeley

Going beyond identity politics, Femmes of Power is a photographic tribute to a diverse range of queerly feminine subjects whose powerful and intentional redres
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 3rd 2008 by Serpent's Tail
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Liz
Jan 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
I found this really light and fluffy. that's fine in certain contexts, we all need escapism. but this had a shallow girl-power "pretty is powerful! yay!" vibe. Key example: a few of the femmes profiled, including the author, mentioned dealing with eating disorders and this was totally glossed over. The interviewer would say "we bonded over our disordered eating" and leave it at that. I mean, shit, this is one of the horrors at the heart of normative femininity. I would have asked -- how do you f ...more
Shoshanna
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read about half of the essays, some I couldn't really relate to. The ones I could, some had some really incredible points about femininity and sisterhood and queerness and body positivity and the politics of attraction / who you choose to be with.

Also the photos are AMAZING!!!

Probably gonna buy this!
Elizabeth
I have many mixed feelings about being queer and femme- it is frustrating not to be read as gay unless I am holding hands with someone butch and I still love to get dolled up in vintage dresses. I was initially attracted to it as a photo book but the interviews really resonated with me. Not that I mind the photo of femme ladies dressed as the Virgin wearing harnesses...
Heathyr
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lesbian
"Femme Invisibility? So last year."

When I started this book, I thought I had a decent grasp on the word femme. Now, I know nothing. Perhaps negative learning happened? Or maybe unlearning. Who knows. This book is full of postmodernist identity politics; it left my head spinning. That being said I have respect for the women who are living in ways that are authentic to them.
bookcasewalls
One part interesting and joyful, one part self-indulgent. Tolerance may vary; quality certainly does. If you're at all involved in queer & SM communities in Europe/North America, though, you're going to know and have met some of the femmes within, which helps with the self-indulgence and makes it feel a bit like an extended family photo album. ...more
Manuel
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book since the beginning! I would highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to have a good time, specially on this specific genre, there was a few things that iwould have changed in this book but that happens most of the times i read books so it's not such a big deal. Loved it, thats all i've gotta say. Well deserved five stars.
Tina Batya
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of meeting the author and photographer. Fantastic book about a subject near and dear to my queer femme heart. Plus it features some of my dearest friends. And I'm in it too. :)
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Shelves: queer, pop-culture
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