By S. Bear Bergman
"Butch is a Noun is a ebook undefined) may be required studying in any gender reports curriculum; b) femmes should still learn at any time when they are feeling unloved, lonely, or misunderstood; c) butches may still learn; d) the entire above. the reply, in fact, is d. thanks, pricey Bear."—Kate Bornstein, writer of Gender Outlaw
"Bear's poetry of butchness shall we us see into elements of gender that sometimes aren't so obvious. And made me fall in love with butches in every single place again."?Carol Queen, writer of Real dwell Nude Girl
Butch is a Noun, the 1st publication by means of activist, gender-jammer, and performer S. undergo Bergman, received vast acclaim while released through Suspect techniques in 2006: a humorous, insightful, and purposely unsettling manifesto on what it capacity to be butch (and not). In thirty-four deeply own essays, undergo makes butchness available to those that are new to the concept that, and makes gender outlaws of all stripes think as if they've got come domestic. From women' outfits to men's haircuts, from jogging with ladies to striking with younger males, Butch is a Noun chronicles the perplexities, risks, and pleasures of residing lifestyles outdoors the gender binary. This new version encompasses a new creation via the author.
S. endure Bergman is usually the writer of The Nearest go out might be at the back of You (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009). Ze is additionally a widespread collage and school lecturer on matters in terms of gender and sexuality.
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