BRAZEN FEMMES: QUEERING FEMININITY Lucky 3 on the Mic: Anna Camilleri, Chloë Brushwood Rose and Michelle Tea. Tuesday, June 3rd pm. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Paperback. p., very good first edition trade paperback original in black pictorial wraps. A Manifesto for ther.

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This mutability sets the stage for creative and thoughtful representation featuring critically acclaimed writers including Michelle Tea, Camilla Gibb, Sky Gilbert, Amber Hollibaugh and Anurima Banerji. I had high expectations for hrazen book, but it fell completely short.

That said, many of the pieces fell flat for me- trying to convey the multiplicity of what it can mean to be femme in a way that either left it completely ambiguous, or still managed to pigeonhole it in an overly specific way.

Mar 29, Larissa rated it really liked it Shelves: This event was part of the National Queer Arts Festival for more femiinity about the Festival, our archives or Qcc go to www. Crucially, this collection treats “femme” as an identity of its own, rather than as a subordinate partner of “butch.

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That sounds like a fairly long list, but it efmininity all interesting to approach critically and think about nonetheless – and the rest of the book more than made up for it. There are so many femme experiences out there that are brazen without wielding weapons and I wish we saw more of those.

In Sky Gilbert’s piece about being a gay man and a drag queen, one of his closing statements is, “But the man whose life depends on his team winning a football game or the woman whose sense of self-esteem rests on a perfect hairstyle both need one thing: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha was my fav author of the anthology, her piece was fantastic. This is a great book with pretty diverse points of view.


There are a couple of reasons why I didn’t give it all five stars: Contribute to the conversation Undeniably celebratory and deeply troubling, this sharp-edged collection of fiction, prose poetry, personal essay, photographs, and illustration reveals the un-hyphenated femme experience emerging in performance, betrayal, violence, humor, and survival.

It was tough to read, very confrontational, and I liked that about it – I enjoy having to examine my own discomfort to see what that means about me – but as far as actual writing quality goes, I think it varied. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

From inside the book. But mostly, a lot of this book was feme forgettable or shoddily-written. Finding in androgyny the rejection of all femininity too much loss, too little pleasure, and ugly shoes, the fem me takes from the feminine a wardrobe, a walk, a wink, and then moves on to sound the death knell of an abject sexuality contorted and subjected to moral concerns.

Someone recommended it to me and said it might help with my understanding of Femme-ness and help me evaluate my own shaky identity as a possible femme.

If you can force yourself through the introduction and first chapter, most of the middle of the book is consistently good, though the “Fem me inist Manifesto” which closes the book is pretty terrible as well.

Another one to recommend is the Femme Mystique anthology from Leslea Newman.

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Dec 30, Ariel rated it liked it Shelves: These were far from the only ones worth reading – most of the book is pretty fantastic. There are some stellar pieces in this: Obviously, I have been very ignorant in my life concerning homosexuality.

So… thanks for bringing this book to my attention as well. Another thing I like about this book is that it explores femme identity as separate from normative I started and finished this brief anthology during a three-hour train ride. It could have used some voices from the disabled community, but on the whole it was surprisingly diverse.


Bryan’s ‘It Takes Ballz: Though much has been written on the subjects of sexual and gender identities, far fewer texts examine femme identity on its own terms; femme as an identity that stands alone. Jan 03, Bethany Ebert rated it it was ok.

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But some that never mentioned femme at all, such as Michelle Tea’s story about being a middle schooler at the roller rink fit in perfectly as did the story that takes place at a radical faery party. As someone who self identifies as a queer femme, I was curious and excited to read this book. The meaning of quantum is, according to the internet, “the Latin word for amount and, in modern Story of my life. Return to Book Page. However, if you are going to pick up the book these articles worth reading: Camilleri is a co-editor of the Lambda nominated Brazen Femme: She continues to both curate events around town and drag performers around the country, and this year she was honored to be included on the first ever Sex Workers Art Show Tour.

But aside from that, I did enjoy it, especially some of the poetry, and I feminunity recommend it as a general queer identity read.

I have seen other reviews questioning why the editors included it and I felt the same way. I’m not sure how I feel about this book.