They're essays, with minimal editing, presented as the authors intended. Some are more scholarly with footnotes and everything, some are personal memoirs, but all are interesting.The femmes in the books seem to be all lesbian/queer oriented, but I felt a kinship to them even if I'm not exactly queer yet. What really struck me were the stories of femme invisiblity ie being assumed to be straight and the stories of femmes de-femme-ing in order to fit in with the lesbian community, and how that made them feel wrong and out of place. My experience isn't exactly the same but there are some similarities.
What this butch girl can say about femmes is really pretty limited. I have dated one or two, slept with a couple, and ogled my fair share. This latter bit probably marks me as a tool of the patriarchy, but oh well. I like the way women look. And some of them happen to be femme. Is it wrong for me to ogle the cute butch with the swagger and brush cut? God, I hope not.I also have to confess my own ignorance of femme politics.
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