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A gritty anthology that questions the nature of femininity itself.
—Toronto Star (Toronto Star)

Brazen Femme is a brave and necessary book, written with honor and longing and truth. And much like strutting around in a pair of stiletto pumps or lacing on a skin-tight merry-widow, it leaves the kind of impression that is well worth some minor discomfort.
—Books in Canada (Books in Canada)

Exploring sex, violence, alienation and love. . . .Camilleri's story is powerful and haunting.
—Quill & Quire (Quill and Quire)

Within these angry, defiant, brave and at times, heartbreaking pieces . . . lie some essential truths about gender, about being both queer and feminine.
—Herizons (Herizons)

A bold, groundbreaking collection on the nature of femmes and femme identity.
—Lambda Book Report (Lambda Book Report)

There is a lot of great writing here . . .
BiWomen: The Newsletter of the Boston Bisexual Women's Network (BiWomen)

. . . a bold, exciting collection. . .
Yesportal.com (Yesportal.com)

Brazen Femme is an unapologetic celebration of queer femininity and really is long overdue in the field of Lesbian Studies.
—GaysTheWord website (GaysTheWord.com)

Finally: intelligent, well-written diatribes on everything from personal experiences with femme-identity to comics to poems about love to transphotos.
—Trade Queer Things (Trade Queer Things)

. . . like nothing you've read before. . . the contributors to this volume take no prisoners.
—Virginia Gayzette (Virginia Gayzette)

. . . a sorely needed antidote to femme invisibility. . .
—Butchdykeboy.com (Butchdykeboy.com)

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Nominated for a 2002 Lambda Literary Prize
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551521261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551521268
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Koletzke on June 16, 2004
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In the lesbian community, it is uncommon to find a definition of Femme without Butch even though we do, in fact, exist independently. Lesbian community culture it seems is largely semi-androgens and what I have found is that falling in the gaussian tail of feminine identification to be something of a liability. What I am discovering now however is that it feels less important to fit myself into my communities preconception of behavior and presentation, additionally, I am feeling considerably less apologetic about myself.
This is the first account that I've read that most correctly describes my most consistent feelings and behaviors. It has been a greatly beneficial normalization experience for me to have an account of other individuals who feel and behave similarly, particularly since there are only a very few with which I have had contact.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Melissa K. Heckman on November 8, 2007
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I am thrilled whenever i read a book about femmes that shows a variety of femmes being strong and proud of who they are. I think everyone who loves femmes, is femme, or is curious about femmes should read this book, and add it to their small, but surely growing, collection of femme books. That said, as high femme in my early thirties, i felt a little disconnected from the femmes in this book. I guess it's too much to hope for that i will find something written about femmes that accurately reflects my life and history and choices, but i keep hoping. As it is, I fall somewhere between Femme Mystique and Brazen Femme, a little young for the former, a little old, perhaps, for the latter. My femme friends who are also in their 30's and i have discusssed whether or not we are just jealous of femmes who are coming out now, as queer and femme all at once, whereas we mostly came out as queer and learned about femme later... that could be. In any case, it is an amazing thing for young femmes to have a community of femmes to come out into, and this book is a part of that brilliant, powerful community.

i have to give it 5 stars, even tho i didn't quite connect with some of the writing... i'm gonna keep re-readng this, i'm sure i'll find something new to like every time.
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By Megan on July 24, 2013
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This is a must for any queer or individual interested in the topic. You will love this book bc you will find someone, if not yourself, represented here. In a community that is hard to find and even harder to define, it offers comfort in holding these unknowns and powering through as the person you are no matter how you or someone, or lack of, labeling of yourself.
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By MELAYNEE R. DEVORE on February 18, 2015
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Book arrived in great condition! It is a good book.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anon. 123 on June 3, 2009
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At the beginning of this review, I want to say that I identify as both queer and gender transgressive and typically have an outwardly feminine presentation. I bought this book hoping to read the stories of others who identify as queer femmes and be enlightened or inspired. Unfortunately, the awful grammar and absolute lack of capitalization or punctuation in some of the essays blocked many of the essays' ability to capture my heart or mind. Brazen Femme, with the exception of the excellent essay by Sky Gilbert, also failed to challenge the assumption that to be femme one needs to be born, or remain, biologically female.
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