Butch is a Noun

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"Butch is a Noun is a book that a) should be required reading in any gender studies curriculum; b) femmes should read whenever they're feeling unloved, lonely, or misunderstood; c) butches should read; d) all of the above. The answer, of course, is d. Thank you, dear Bear."—Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw

"Bear's poetry of butchness lets us see into facets of gender that usually aren't so transparent. And made me fall in love with ...

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Overview

"Butch is a Noun is a book that a) should be required reading in any gender studies curriculum; b) femmes should read whenever they're feeling unloved, lonely, or misunderstood; c) butches should read; d) all of the above. The answer, of course, is d. Thank you, dear Bear."—Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw

"Bear's poetry of butchness lets us see into facets of gender that usually aren't so transparent. And made me fall in love with butches all over again."?Carol Queen, author of Real Live Nude Girl

Butch is a Noun, the first book by activist, gender-jammer, and performer S. Bear Bergman, won wide acclaim when published by Suspect Thoughts in 2006: a funny, insightful, and purposely unsettling manifesto on what it means to be butch (and not). In thirty-four deeply personal essays, Bear makes butchness accessible to those who are new to the concept, and makes gender outlaws of all stripes feel as though they have come home. From girls' clothes to men's haircuts, from walking with girls to hanging with young men, Butch is a Noun chronicles the perplexities, dangers, and pleasures of living life outside the gender binary. This new edition includes a new introduction by the author.

S. Bear Bergman is also the author of The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009). Ze is also a frequent university and college lecturer on issues relating to gender and sexuality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551523699
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 785,936
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

S. Bear Bergman: S. Bear Bergman is an activist, gender-jammer, and author of The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You (Arsenal, 2009). Formerly based in New England, she relocated to Canada in 2008.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

A Note to the Reader 11

I Know What Butch Is 15

Fire the Copyeditor, or Possibly the Author: A Few Notes on Pronouns 20

Defending Identity 24

Tranny Bladder 29

Taxonomy 32

Walking with Girls 34

Wrestling 38

Being a Butch with Young Men 42

Breasts 46

Why I'm Not a Nice Young Man (Yet) 55

Cocks 59

Border Wars 64

Watching Our Fathers 72

Bridal Registry 75

White Button-Down Shirts 79

Virtual Butch Reality 82

The Honorable Butch Office of Moving 88

Passing It Along 91

Boxer Briefs 95

Where Butch Resides 99

That Moment 102

What My Daddy Taught Me 105

Foie d'Butch 109

When It's Good 113

Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones, but Words Will Kill Me 115

High-Heeled Shoes 119

My Butch Brothers 123

Crossing the Street 127

Hair 129

Being an Asshole 135

What a Butch May Use 138

Femme for Dummies 141

When I'm Far from Home 147

Faggot Butch 149

What the Stone Is Made Of 153

Butch in the Streets, Femme in the Shul? 156

An Apology to My Mother 159

Princess Pickle 163

When I Can't Fix It 166

Being a Delight 171

Chat, or How I Learned to Flirt, Part 1 175

Your Faithful Servant 177

The Drawbridge 180

Dancing 183

Getting Fucked 187

Making Her Feel ... 190

Being a Shopping Switch 193

Laying Down with a Butch 200

Touch 207

This Gesture 210

You 214

Afterword to the New Edition 217

About the Author 224

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Worth reading for butches & femmes

    The essays in the book address the process of female masculinity well & how being butch is its own thing that trancesnds gender expectations• A must read for gender explorers & appreciators of all types!

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