Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme

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Arsenal Pulp Press #ad - Lambda literary award finalistamerican library association stonewall Honor BookIn 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.

Smith cumberland, and zoe whittall Bottle Rocket Hearts explore the parameters, history, and power of a multitude of butch and femme realities. 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. 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.

Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme #ad - The result is persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. 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. The people in these stories defy reductive stereotypes and inflexible categories.

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Tomboy Survival Guide

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Arsenal Pulp Press #ad - Ivan also explores their years as a young butch, and life as a gender-box-defying adult, dealing with new infatuations and old baggage, in which they offer advice to young people while seeking guidance from others. Stonewall book award honor book winnerivan coyote is a celebrated storyteller and the author of ten previous books, including Gender Failure with Rae Spoon and One in Every Crowd, a collection for LGBT youth.

These heartfelt, funny, and moving stories are about the culture of difference—a “guide” to being true to one’s self. Tomboy survival guide is a funny and moving memoir told in stories, in which Ivan recounts the pleasures and difficulties of growing up a tomboy in Canada’s Yukon, and how they learned to embrace their tomboy past while carving out a space for those of us who don’t fit neatly into boxes or identities or labels.

Tomboy Survival Guide #ad - Ivan writes movingly about many firsts: the first time they were mistaken for a boy; the first time they purposely discarded their bikini top so they could join the boys at the local swimming pool; and the first time they were chastised for using the women’s washroom. And for tomboys in training, there are even directions on building your very own unicorn trap.

Tomboy survival guide warmly recounts ivan’s adventures and mishaps as a diffident yet free-spirited tomboy, and maps their journey through treacherous gender landscapes and a maze of labels that don’t quite stick, to a place of self-acceptance and an authentic and personal strength.

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Butch is a Noun

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Arsenal Pulp Press #ad - Butch is a noun, was a critical and commercial success when first published in 2006: a funny, published by the now-defunct Suspect Thoughts, insightful manifesto on what it means to be butch. This edition includes a new introduction by the author.

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Gender Failure

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Arsenal Pulp Press #ad - Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, it's a book that will touch LGBTQ readers and others, revealing, with candor and insight, that gender comes in more than two sizes. Ivan E. Coyote is the author of six story collections and the award-winning novel Bow Grip, and is co-editor of Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme.

Being a girl was something that never really happened for me. Rae spoonIvan E. Coyote and rae spoon are accomplished, award-winning writers, musicians, and performers; they are also both admitted "gender failures. In their first collaborative book, ivan and Rae explore and expose their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary, and how ultimately our expectations and assumptions around traditional gender roles fail us all.

Gender Failure #ad - Based on their acclaimed 2012 live show that toured across the United States and in Europe, lyrics, Gender Failure is a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, and images documenting Ivan and Rae's personal journeys from gender failure to gender enlightenment. Ivan frequently performs at high schools, universities, and festivals across North America.

Rae spoon is a transgender indie musician whose most recent CD is My Prairie Home, which is also the title of a new National Film Board of Canada documentary about them. Rae's first book, first spring Grass Fire, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2013.

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Missed Her

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Arsenal Pulp Press #ad - Coyote is a master storyteller; her beautiful, funny stories about growing up a lesbian butch in the Canadian north attract audiences both gay and straight. Ivan E. In her fifth collection, queer youth, Ivan addresses issues of family, and homophobia with a trenchant and wistful eye.

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One in Every Crowd

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Arsenal Pulp Press #ad - Lesbian storyteller Ivan E. Funny, and full of heart, inspiring, these stories are about embracing and celebrating difference and feeling comfortable in one's own skin, no matter what the circumstance. Coyote’s first book for queer youth includes brand new stories and others culled from previous collections, inspired by the tragic increase in the number of teen suicides resulting from bullying.

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Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation

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Seal Press #ad - Today's transgenders and other sex/gender radicals are writing a drastically new world into being. In gender outlaws, raconteur, together with writer, Bornstein, and theater artist S. Bear bergman, collects and contextualizes the work of this generation's trans and genderqueer forward thinkers — new voices from the stage, in the bedroom, on the streets, in the workplace, and on the pages and websites of the world's most respected mainstream news sources.

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation #ad - In the 15 years since the release of gender Outlaw, Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking challenge to gender ideology, transgender narratives have made their way from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Gender outlaws includes essays, comic art, commentary, and conversations from a diverse group of trans-spectrum people who live and believe in barrier-breaking lives.

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Female Masculinity

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Duke University Press Books #ad - Halberstam also tackles such topics as women and boxing, butches in Hollywood and independent cinema, and the phenomenon of male impersonators. And as halberstam clearly demonstrates, female masculinity is not some bad imitation of virility, but a lively and dramatic staging of hybrid and minority genders.

She considers the enigma of the stone butch and the politics surrounding butch/femme roles within lesbian communities. Illustrated with nearly forty photographs, including portraits, film stills, and drag king performance shots, this book provides an extensive record of the wide range of female masculinities.

Female Masculinity #ad - In female masculinity judith halberstam takes aim at the protected status of male masculinity and shows that female masculinity has offered a distinct alternative to it for well over two hundred years. Female masculinity signals a new understanding of masculine behaviors and identities, and a new direction in interdisciplinary queer scholarship.

She also explores issues of transsexuality among “transgender dykes”—lesbians who pass as men—and female-to-male transsexuals who may find the label of “lesbian” a temporary refuge. She rereads anne lister’s diaries and Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness as foundational assertions of female masculine identity.

Providing the first full-length study on this subject, Halberstam catalogs the diversity of gender expressions among masculine women from nineteenth-century pre-lesbian practices to contemporary drag king performances. Through detailed textual readings as well as empirical research, Halberstam uncovers a hidden history of female masculinities while arguing for a more nuanced understanding of gender categories that would incorporate rather than pathologize them.

Masculinity without men.

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No Priest but Love: The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, the Inspiration for Gentleman Jack

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Virago #ad - Anne's descriptive powers bring each scene vividly to life, providing a brilliant, kaleidoscopic background to her story. Following from the secret Diaries of Anne Lister published by Virago this volume continues her story. There she becomes emotionally entangled with a young widow. Anne's efforts, firstly to extricate herself from this new 'scrape' and then to make a choice between the two women in her life, provides an absorbing sexual and social drama.

No Priest but Love: The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, the Inspiration for Gentleman Jack #ad - We follow anne lister to buxton, the yorkshire town of anne's birth; to London; and, Derbyshire, to post-revolutionary Paris, where a husband appears in hot pursuit of his straying wife who has, in turn, lastly, followed Anne there; in Halifax, a city alive with political intrigue. Anne lister arrives in post-revolutionary Paris in 1824, attempting to recover from a doomed love affair with a married woman.

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The Well of Loneliness Wordsworth Classics

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Wordsworth Editions #ad - Stephen grows to be a war hero, a bestselling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women. As a man loved a woman, good…’stephen is an ideal child of aristocratic parents – a fencer, that was how I loved…It was good, good,  a horse rider and a keen scholar.

The Well of Loneliness Wordsworth Classics #ad - As her ambitions drive her, and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions. The well of loneliness was banned for obscenity when published in 1928.

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Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us

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Vintage #ad - On one level,  gender outlaw details bornstein’s transformation from heterosexual male to lesbian woman, from a one-time IBM salesperson to a playwright and performance artist. The trouble is, we’re living in a world that insists we be one or the other. With these words, fearless, Kate Bornstein ushers readers on a funny, and wonderfully scenic journey across the terrains of gender and identity.

Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us #ad - . Now, some twenty-odd years later, this book stands as both a classic and a still-revolutionary work—one that continues to push us gently but profoundly to the furthest borders of the gender frontier. I know i’m not a man. And i’ve come to the conclusion that I’m probably not a woman, either. But this particular coming-of-age story is also a provocative investigation into our notions of male and female, from a self-described nonbinary transfeminine diesel femme dyke who never stops questioning our cultural assumptions.

Gender outlaw was decades ahead of its time when it was first published in 1994.

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