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The Femme Mystique Paperback – June, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 1st edition (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555832555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555832551
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,396,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is a poignant analysis of the often dichotomized butch-femme roles within the lesbian community. Via a collection of independent writings, the work highlights an often stigmatized and misunderstood group--the femme lesbian. Through touching, and often sensual stories of love and the search for an identity as "a femme," this book allows a rarely viewed glimpse into the hearts, minds, and bodies of these women. Despite the quality of this book, I would have liked to see more explicit discussion of the lives of femme women of color. Sadly, their absence risks recapitulating the same "othering" that many women in this book discuss. The familiar arguments of feminist/womanist women of color--that we are largely absent from important discourse on women-- can be asserted with this text as well. Nevertheless, it is a powerful book and hopefully future editions will more directly address such issues.
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By A Customer on April 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
The book was good and I don't regret buying it but I tried to sit down and read it all the way through and soon was bored and frustrated. There are some great essays in there about the butch/femme dynamic and what it means to be a femme in the lesbian community but theres a great deal of repetition and I started feeling like I was reading the same essay over and over.. and over again. It's a nice book, but I won't be re-reading it anytime soon. If I could recommend a book it would be 'Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear' instead.
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I liked this book. OTOH, I've *loved* all the Leslea Newman books I've read. This work was not written by LN, but edited by her. It has some excellent moments, but if you want a great treatise about what it means to be femme, choose 'Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear'.
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i resisted my femme identity for a few years- then, i read this book. too often, in the lesbian community, femme women are dismissed as 'lesbians until graduation', 'six-pack lesbians', or dimissed as being straight. too often, we are ridiculed, oppressed, and negatively stereotyped.
for the 1st time in years, i feel proud and confident about my femme identity.
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