Femme: Feminists, Lesbians, and Bad Girls

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Laura Harris, Elizabeth Crocker
Taylor & Francis, 1997 - Social Science - 222 pages
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Seeks to redress the ways that femme identites 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 femme sexual politics provide a liberatory model, the text, as a feminist project offers an alliance between many communities of women previously passed over by feminism. This collection argues that femmes have been causal to shifts within feminism, the creation of queer theory, and the shaping of butch-femme and lesbian history. The text is divided into three sections: histories; generations; and futures. Contributors write about femme in terms of: sexuality, gender, race and ethnic communities, class experience, national borders, bisexuality, body image, incest survival, aging, bar culture, heterosexuality, activism, transgender and transsexual desire, and feminism. The book portrays femmes as contestatory lesbian identities, radical feminist positions, and subversive queer models.
 

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Contents

Creating an Archive
6
Fems in the 1940s and 1950s
15
Revisiting A Study of a Public Lesbian Community
40
An Interview with Madeline Davis
52
Femme Subjectivity and Class Relations
61
An Interview with Mabel Maney
68
Dresses for My Round Brown Body
82
Sex Class and Feminist Agency
93
A Womans Prerogative
131
On Being a Bisexual Femme
138
An Interview with Jewelle Gomez
145
A Soap Opera in Many Acts and
163
Passing Loqueria
170
An Interview with
190
Some Particularities
198
An Interview with Amber Hollibaugh
210

A Coincidence of Lipstick and SelfRevelation
119

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About the author (1997)

Laura Alexandra Harris is Lecturer in Women's Studies at California State University. Liz Hutchinson Crocker is Instructor of Writing Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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