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May 30 '14

Danika reviews Gender Failure by Rae Spoon & Ivan E. Coyote

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Ivan Coyote is one of my favourite authors, and this is actually the ninth book edited or written by them that I’ve read. Rae Spoon was already one my most listened to musicians before their first book, First Spring Grass Fire blew me away. So it’s no great surprise that I loved this book. I was actually lucky enough to attend one of their shows during the Gender Failure tour. Both Ivan and…

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Feb 28 '14

9 notes Tags: queer lesbian gender lgbtq on what being a lesbian book blog means I relate to this so much

Jan 2 '14
Being futch is about becoming comfortable with dichotomy, both the simple dichotomy of cherry-picking my favourite symbols of sartorial presentation from my Tom-and-Bettie wardrobe and the deeper confusion of upholding the butch-femme dynamic while deconstructing it, of embodying gendered behaviours while denying they exist, of refuting the idea that gender matters while metaphorically stitching oneself a hyper-gendered skin to wear for fun and entertainment.
“Futch: Thoughts from the Borderlands” by Elaine Miller in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Dec 26 '13
FEMMES ARE LEADERS IN TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS/
DEFENDING OUR QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOUR COMMUNITIES.
WE USED OUR STILETTOS AS WEAPONS AT STONEWALL.
WE WERE THE TRANSWOMEN WHO FOUGHT BACK AT THE
COMPTON CAFETERIA.
WE’RE THE GIRLS WHO STARE DOWN ASSHOLES STARING AT OUR
LOVERS AND FRIENDS ON THE SUBWAY.
WE WALK EACH OTHER HOME,
ACT CRAZY ON THE BUS TO GET ASSHOLES TO MOVE AWAY,
AND WE KNOW HOW TO BREAK SOMEONE’S LEGS.
WE SHARE WHAT WE KNOW.

“FEMME SHARK MANIFESTO!” by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Dec 20 '13
trust yourself
your secret subterranean visions
dye your hair purple, pierce your eyebrow, put on the tie
one day
i tell you
one day
baby butch
a rocking hot woman
will use that tie deftly on you
creating knots that would put the boy scouts to shame
and you’ll see what power looks like
in black stocking and four-inch heels
“baby butch: a love letter from the future” by Melissa Sky in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Dec 10 '13
Maybe butch-femme is about tension, the good kind, the kind sexual tension is made of, where there’s space for surprise, where you are not like me, and I am not like you. Maybe it’s about push, pull, and balance, within me and between us. I think each person and every relationship needs this, be they boy-girl of any stripe, or boy-boy, girl-girl, or even butch-butch and femme-femme.

Thea Hillman, “Butch-Femme as Spiritual Practice” in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Dec 5 '13
I’ve often jokingly complained that the biggest problem with being futch is not the blank looks coming my way, the accusations of being unable to make up my mind, or the stubborn pigeonholing as femme if the observer has seen me even once in lipstick. It’s about finding the right storage options for my less-than-modest collection of steel-toed boots and fancy-ass heels.
“Futch: Thoughts from the Borderlands” by Elaine Miller in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Nov 29 '13
I’d also argue that passing is still femme—still radical, still political. If a femme is someone who has been forbidden to be feminine, then any time a femme does femininity, it’s an unauthorized copy. Passing as as radical as printing money, as downloading music. We femmes are gender pirates. Arrr.

Elizabeth Martson, “Rogue Femininity” in Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman (reviewed at The Lesbrary).

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Apr 7 '13

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Feb 28 '12
The traditional scholarly line is that neither of these scenarios [men or women cross-dressing in an attempt to seduce women] is really about same-sex attraction. The women who falls for a woman-in-breeches is mistaken, this argument goes, and so not really wanting her but the “man” the breeches make her seem to be. On the other hand, the women who falls for a man-in-skirts is mistaken, and so not really wanting “her,” just liking “her” very much, or perhaps (without knowing it) desiring the real man behind the skirts. To deny the lesbian implications of these two scenarios, this paradoxical argument has to define desire as conscious but illusory in the first, unconscious but authentic in the second.
Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue

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