Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme

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Lambda Literary Award finalist

American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book

In the summer of 2009, butch writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and gender researcher and femme dynamo Zena Sharman wrote down a wish-list of their favourite queer authors; they wanted to continue and expand the butch-femme conversation. The result is Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. The stories in these pages resist simple definitions. The people in these ...

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Overview

Lambda Literary Award finalist

American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book

In the summer of 2009, butch writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote and gender researcher and femme dynamo Zena Sharman wrote down a wish-list of their favourite queer authors; they wanted to continue and expand the butch-femme conversation. The result is Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. The stories in these pages resist simple definitions. The people in these stories defy reductive stereotypes and inflexible categories. The pages in this book describe the lives of an incredible diversity of people whose hearts also pounded for some reason the first time they read or heard the words "butch" or "femme."

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 (Code White), Anne Fleming (Anomaly), Michael V. Smith (Cumberland), and Zoe Whittall (Bottle Rocket Hearts) explore the parameters, history, and power of a multitude of butch and femme realities. It's 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.

Includes a foreword by Joan Nestle, renowned femme author and editor of The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader, a landmark anthology originally published in 1992.

Ivan E. Coyote is the author of seven books (including the novel Bow Grip, an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book) and a long-time muser on the trappings of the two-party gender system.

Zena Sharman is the assistant director of Canada's national Institute of Gender and Health.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551523972
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,371,160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan E. Coyote: Ivan E. Coyote is the author of six books, including the award-winning novel Bow Grip and the story collections The Slow Fix and Missed Her; Ivan has also released two spoken-word CDs and four short films. A renowned storyteller, Ivan frequently performs live across Canada and the US.

Zena Sharman: Zena Sharman is a queer femme who works in gender and health research and is in the midst of completing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Table of Contents

Forward! Joan Nestle 09

Acknowledgments 22

Introduction Ivan E. Coyote Zena Sharman 23

Ride Anna Camilleri 27

My First Lover Was Not a Lesbian Kimberly Dark 31

Coming Back Around to Butch Miriam Zoila Pérez 37

A Dad Called Mum Anne Fleming 43

A Beautiful Creature Karleen Pendleton Jiménez 53

Never Be Hungry Again Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha 63

Femme Butch Feminist Jewelle Gomez 67

Home/Sickness: Self-Diagnosis romham padraig gallacher 79

Looking Straight at You Zena Sharman 85

A Butch Roadmap Ivan E. Coyote 92

To All the Butches I Loved Between 1995 and 2005: An Open Letter about Selling Sex, Selling Out, and Soldiering On Amber Dawn 95

Brother Dog S. Bear Bergman 103

Butch Is How I Feel Brenda Barnes 107

Slide Rules Nairne Holtz 113

Embodying Hunger and Desire with a Fistful of Bliss Laiwan 118

Between My Fingers Stacey Milbern 125

Masculine of Centre, Seeks Her Refined Femme B. Cole 127

No Butches, No Femmes: The Mainstreaming of Queer Sexuality Victoria A. Brownworth 137

What We Know to Be True Sasha T. Goldberg 149

Me, Simone, and Dot Chandra Mayor 154

For Annie B. (1915-81) Donnelly Black 166

Split Myself Apart Redwolf Painter 176

With Both Fists: Conscious Gender Building through the Butch and Femme Identities Sinclair Sexsmith 180

A Guide to Getting Laid by a Girl in Lipstick and High Heels Belinda Carroll 189

A Patch of Bright Flowers Zoe Whittall 192

Rogue Femininity Elizabeth Marston 205

Changed Sex. Grew Boobs. Started Wearing a Tie. Amy Fox 209

The New Politics of Butch Jeanne Córdova 218

Femme Cowboy Rae Spoon 232

Futch: Thoughts from the Borderlands Elaine Miller 239

Butch-Femme as Spiritual Practice Thea Hillman 245

Rethinking High Maintenance: The Queer Fat Femme Guide to Not Blaming It on the Fact That You Don't Like High Femmes Bevin Branlandingham 248

38 B Sailor Holladay 253

baby butch: a love letter from the future Melissa Sky 259

Female Masculinity, Male Femininity, Feminine Masculinity, Masculine Femininity …? Prince Jei Misster Raju Rage 265

Backstage with Lady Gaga Ben McCoy 276

Femme Shark Manifesto! Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha 286

A Failed Man Michael V. Smith 292

Spotlight Debra Anderson 300

Hats Off Ivan E. Coyote 310

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    Great read

    Really a excellent collection of short stories and essays. Great coverage from all aspects of life on a fascinating subject.

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