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Book Title: The Femme Mystique|
The author of the book: Lesléa Newman
Edition: Alyson Books
Date of issue: June 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9781555832551
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 515 KB
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Reader ratings: 5.7
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I know this book was written by our femme ancestors and has value for telling their truths in the context of their place in history but I hated this book. I identify as femme but I did not find myself in the pages of this book. The vast majority of stories told the same narrative again and again. Each woman was ashamed of her femininity and then was rescued by a butch. Again and again the women insisted they need only define themselves for themselves then turned around and insisted their identity existed only in the context of being a foil to a butch. "Being single is the worst isolation for a femme..." p 167. Even worse these women spoke of their struggle to be recognized as queer women then insisted on calling women they slept with (sometimes for years) straight women despite these partners telling them otherwise. I think the worst was the lack of recognition for internal misogyny. Some of the women even went so far as to avoid the term "femminity" instead saying"femme-inity" in order to distance themselves from what they clearly deemed lesser. This also undermines the ability of non-queer women to examine and participate in certain gender expressions in the same powerful way as queer women. Very depressing read.
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Read information about the authorLesléa Newman (born 1955, Brooklyn, NY) is the author of over 50 books including Heather Has Two Mommies, A Letter To Harvey Milk, Writing From The Heart, In Every Laugh a Tear, The Femme Mystique, Still Life with Buddy, Fat Chance and Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear.
She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Highlights for Children Fiction Writing Award, the James Baldwin Award for Cultural Achievement, and two Pushcart Prize Nominations.
Nine of her books have been Lambda Literary Award finalists.
Ms. Newman wrote Heather Has Two Mommies, the first children's book to portray lesbian families in a positive way, and has followed up this pioneering work with several more children's books on lesbian and gay families: Gloria Goes To Gay Pride, Belinda's Bouquet, Too Far Away to Touch, and Saturday Is Pattyday.
She is also the author of many books for adults that deal with lesbian identity, Jewish identity and the intersection and collision between the two. Other topics Ms. Newman explores include AIDS, eating disorders, butch/femme relationships and sexual abuse. Her award-winning short story, A Letter To Harvey Milk has been made into a film and adapted for the stage.
In addition to being an author, Ms. Newman is a popular guest lecturer, and has spoken on college campuses across the country including Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Oregon, Bryn Mawr College, Smith College and the University of Judaism. From 2005-2009, Lesléa was a faculty member of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Currently, she is the Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA.
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