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In the twenty-first century, the definitions of butch” and femme” have evolved and expanded along with other LGBT identities. Nearly twenty years after the publication of Joan Nestle’s groundbreaking 1992 book The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, Persistencefeatures leading queer authors and thinkers reflecting on what butch and femme mean to them today. The book is the result of an ongoing conversation between butch writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote, and gender researcher and femme dynamo Zena Sharman; both had found solace in and been shaped by Nestle’s book during their own coming out adventures. Contributors such as Jewelle Gomez (The Gilda Stories), Thea Hillman (Intersex), S. Bear Bergman (Butch is a Noun), Chandra Mayor (All the Pretty Girls), Amber Dawn (Sub Rosa), Anna Camilleri (Brazen Femme), Debra Anderson, Jeanne Cordova, Michael V. Smith, and Zoe Whittall explore the parameters of gender identity in the context of butch and femme: a raucous, insightful, sexy, and sometimes dangerous look at what the words butch and femme can mean in today’s ever-shifting gender landscape, with one eye on the past and the other on what is to come.
Table of Contents
|My First Lover Was Not a Lesbian||p. 31|
|Coming Back Around to Butch||p. 37|
|A Dad Called Mum||p. 43|
|A Beautiful Creature||p. 53|
|Never Be Hungry Again||p. 63|
|Femme Butch Feminist||p. 67|
|Home/Sickness: Self-Diagnosis||p. 79|
|Looking Straight at You||p. 85|
|A Butch Roadmap||p. 92|
|To All the Butches I Loved Between 1995 and 2005: An Open Letter about Selling Sex, Selling Out, and Soldiering On||p. 95|
|Brother Dog||p. 103|
|Butch Is How I Feel||p. 107|
|Slide Rules||p. 113|
|Embodying Hunger and Desire with a Fistful of Bliss||p. 118|
|Between My Fingers||p. 125|
|Masculine of Centre, Seeks Her Refined Femme||p. 127|
|No Butches, No Femmes: The Mainstreaming of Queer Sexuality||p. 137|
|What We Know to Be True||p. 149|
|Me, Simone, and Dot||p. 154|
|For Annie B. (1915-81)||p. 166|
|Split Myself Apart||p. 176|
|With Both Fists: Conscious Gender Building through the Butch and Femme Identities||p. 180|
|A Guide to Getting Laid by a Girl in Lipstick and High Heels||p. 189|
|A Patch of Bright Flowers||p. 192|
|Rogue Femininity||p. 205|
|Changed Sex. Grew Boobs. Started Wearing a Tie.||p. 209|
|The New Politics of Butch||p. 218|
|Femme Cowboy||p. 232|
|Futch: Thoughts from the Borderlands||p. 239|
|Butch-Femme as Spiritual Practice||p. 245|
|Rethinking High Maintenance: The Queer Fat Femme Guide to Not Blaming It on the Fact That You Don't Like High Femmes||p. 248|
|38 B||p. 253|
|baby butch: a love letter from the future||p. 259|
|Female Masculinity, Male Femininity, Feminine Masculinity, Masculine Femininity …?||p. 265|
|Backstage with Lady Gaga||p. 276|
|Femme Shark Manifesto!||p. 286|
|A Failed Man||p. 292|
|Hats Off||p. 310|
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