LGBTQ* Reading List: Butch/Femme 101
Evolving in the 1940s, Butch and Femme are words with a lot of weight and power in queer culture. Ever wonder why some LGBTQ*-identified people get upset if straight women claim “Femme” as part of their identity? Want to join the (years-long) debate about whether a Butch/Femme relationship conforms to or subverts heteronormative gender roles? Not sure what the words really mean or where they came from in the first place? Brush up on your reading with these texts—and if they whet your appetite for knowledge, don’t forget to keep digging over at the Lesbrary or the Lesbian Herstory Archives.
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1. Butch is a Noun, by S. Bear Bergman.
2. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg.
3. Dagger: On Butch Women, edited by Lily Burana and Roxxie Linea Due.
4. The Persistent Desire, A Femme-Butch Reader, edited by Joan Nestle.
5. Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, edited by Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman.
6. Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, by Lillian Faderman
7. Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity, edited by Chloe Brushwood Rose and Anna Camilleri.
8. Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities, edited by Del Lagrace Volcano and Ulrika Dahl