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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Suspect Thoughts Press (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097715825X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977158256
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,364,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...should be required reading in any gender studies curriculum... Thank you, dear Bear. --Kate Bornstein, author of Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks, and Other Outlaws

...made me fall in love with butches all over again. --Carol Queen, author of The Leather Daddy and the Femme

...a brave, whipsmart, and passionately human tour through a portion of the gender/cultural map... --Hanne Blank, author of Virgin: The Untouched History

About the Author

S. Bear Bergman is a writer, a theater artist, an instigator, a gender-jammer, and a good example of what happens when you overeducate a contrarian. Ze is also a frequent lecturer at more than a hundred universities regarding issues relating to gender and sexuality, and has advised the staff of numerous institutions on policies regarding transgendered and transsexual students.

More About the Author

S. Bear Bergman is a multiple award winning author, storyteller and performer. After publishing six books, touring the US and Canada as a storyteller, winning audience choice awards at three consecutive US Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festivals, Bear has settled in to a life of mild-mannered parent by day and foul-mouthed Bad Fairy emcee by night. He also tells touching queer stories about home and family, gives stirring trans-pride talks to rouse a crowd, and enjoys finishing the day of work with a microphone in on hand and a brunet (preferably his husband) in the other.

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I found this book absolutely delightful.
D. M. Johnson
I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in understanding the unique mystique of the butch woman.
R. Robertson
Bear is sweet, funny, honest, and charismatic.
Sarah Dopp

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Wojo4hitz on March 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a self-identified femme who has always loved women of the butch persuasion, I have been asked a million times, "If you want to date a girl who looks like a boy, then why don't you just date a boy??" This book finally gave me the words to explain what I already knew I loved: the compassion, the cockiness, the fear, the struggles, the toughness, the sensitivity, and the oft-hidden inner world that makes butches who they are. My very favorite paragraph explains it best... a butch is "someone who has taken on the best gendered characteristics of both woman and man, left a lot of the stuff born of misogyny and heterosexism behind, and walked forward into the world without apology."

I think that from now on, THAT will be my answer to the question I am sure I will never stop hearing.

Thank you, Bear, for this great book!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Deepforestowl on March 5, 2007
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A previous reviewer stated that this book buys into the misogynistic patriarchy, that's not the point of the book. Butch is a Noun is about what and who and why butches are the way they are. It's not about challenging the man, it's about celebrating butches in all of their flavors and forms. It's about looking at the gendered world around us and seeing it differently and how a biologically born woman can be a man in a gender binary world.

I highly recommend this book to any and all readers who are curious about the butch/femme dynamic, gender, and sexuality.

At times funny and at times so true that I cried, this is a book worth not just reading, but savoring.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Dopp on January 29, 2007
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Bear confronts identity where most of us would prefer to quietly take it for granted, and does so in entertaining language and single-serving essays. Explaining up front the benefits and how-to's of gender-neutral language, ze lays out the realities of living as a non-normative gender in a way that is both authentic and intense.

This is a book for butches, for those who love them, for all flavors of identity outlaws, and for anyone who needs a little help understanding why not everyone in society meets hir expectations (and how to deal with it).

Bear is sweet, funny, honest, and charismatic. You'll fall in love with hir.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Caldwell on December 31, 2009
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This book is well-written, accessible, touches on theory without ever getting bogged down in academic language or references, and will help you to understand what butch is and can be if you come to it with an open mind. Bear's voice comes through clear and strong, as if you were sitting there listening as ze told hir stories to you personally.

Those reviewers referring to "lesbians" and "gay women" are missing the point of this book and might want to consider re-reading it. This book isn't about women or lesbians; it is about BUTCHES, whose gender identity might be woman, man, genderqueer, BUTCH, or some other designation, and whose sexual identity might be gay, lesbian, heterosexual, bisexual, pansexual, or any other orientation.

Butch is a noun and an identity all its own, in many cases a gender identity. When butches partner with femmes, there are often aspects of heteronormativity to their relationships, because they arise out of the identities and inclinations of the partners, but this does not in any way validate heterocentrism or misogyny in the culture at large, invalidate the experiences and preferences of those who do not identify as butch or femme, or say anything at all about lesbians or women or what they should do or say or be.

If you do not identify as butch (or possibly masculine genderqueer), this book is not about you. Do not expect it to showcase your experiences or resonate with your identity or validate your feelings. Expect it to tell you about the identity, experiences, and feelings of Bear and many (not all) others who do identify as butch. Expect it to give you the opportunity to explore a world beyond binary gender, where not everyone identifies as man or woman, boy or girl, heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ann on February 26, 2007
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I totally enjoyed this book on many levels. I found thought provoking essays that will keep me ruminating for a while. I found amazing personal depth shared and explored in prose. And the writing was endearing, I found myself wishing I knew how to waltz by the end. Thank You Bear for a wonderful book I know I will read again and again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Xan West on February 21, 2007
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This book is amazing. I rank it up there in the top five books about queer gender. I found it funny, moving, and very smart. Bear's prose reaches inside you to hold you close, show you something you never thought of, offer a mirror to the things you always knew, and just delight in your big belly laughs. Enjoy this book; I know I did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helen Boyd on March 9, 2007
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So far this is turning out to be one of my favorite books of 2007, mostly because the writer's voice comes across so strongly. The short pieces are something like meditations on various aspects of butch life, masculinity, femmes, chivalry even.

Butch is a Noun has a thoughtful quality that is simultaneously political which I think is an ideal combination for a book about living in the world as a misunderstood gender.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Benson on March 4, 2007
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I am a queer woman who feels little personal connection with a personal experience of either butch or femme who also has a great deal of personal connection to butches and femmes. This book gave me a framework for the kind of butchness that can be gentle and loving, a butch love that is fierce.

Butch is a Noun is a collection of essays that comprise that framework. At times, I felt that the essays were too short, that a certain amount of narrative depth was lost by the almost journal-style of the essays and that a couple of them could have been combined to provide more variance in style and form.

However, I think Butch is a Noun found it's best footing as a gender critique. Butch is a Noun is an often loving experience of genderqueerness and transgressiveness, but Bear never stops asking questions like "How can we do better?" I was particularly appreciative of the essay addressing misogyny in butches and of the essays shining a loving light on butch-butch love. Bear doesn't simply tell hir stories, zie provides a range of experiences as a framework to start to ask questions and (maybe) explore some answers.
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