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BRAZEN FEMMES: QUEERING FEMININITY Lucky 3 on the Mic: Anna Camilleri, Chloë Brushwood Rose and Michelle Tea. Tuesday, June 3rd pm. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Paperback. p., very good first edition trade paperback original in black pictorial wraps. A Manifesto for ther.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Queering Femininity is a manifesto for the unrepentant bitch, straddling the furious and fantastic. Undeniably celebratory and deeply troubling, this sharp-edged collection of fiction, prose poetry, personal essay, photographs, and illustration figures the un-hyphenated femme experience emerging in performance, betrayal, -violence, humor and survival.

Brazen Femme recognizes femme as an identity in flux and in motion, as constantly being reinvented. This mutability sets the stage for creative and thoughtful representation featuring critically acclaimed writers including Michelle Tea, Camilla Gibb, Sky Gilbert, Amber Hollibaugh and Anurima Banerji.

The collection includes the queeriing and challenging work of writers and artists whose stories are missing from existing explorations of femme that exclude experiences of men, transsexual women, and sex workers.

Whether by choice or necessity, these frenzied femmes femje explore their desires to make and remake femininity fit their own queer frames. Queeringg, drag queens, quewring and action heroes. Anna co-founded the -interdisciplinary performance troupe Taste This, who -collaborated on the acclaimed Boys Like Her. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Brazen Femmeplease sign up.

Lists nrazen This Book. Mar 29, Larissa rated it really liked it Shelves: As a queer femme, I absolutely loved this so, so much, such a radical and beautiful read. There are a couple of braxen why I didn’t give it all five stars: Also, since I feel relatively positive about the book as a whole, I should probably mention something I really hated.

In Sky Gilbert’s piece about being a gay man and a drag queen, one fmme his closing statements is, “But the man whose life depends on his team winning a football game or the woman whose sense of self-esteem rests on a perfect hairstyle both need one thing: All in all, though, a really valuable read.

Dec 10, Candice rated it liked it Shelves: I started and finished this brief anthology during a three-hour train ride. I would agree with other reviews that this collection is a mixture of brilliant and mediocre work. This book is brazwn nice introduction to femme identities as it includes women of color, immigrants, drag queens, gay men, bi women, fat women, etc. Another thing I like about this book is that it explores femme identity as separate from normative I started and finished this brief anthology during a three-hour train ride.

Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity

A good primer for the beginner, but not the greatest as a whole. Jan 18, Tawny rated it liked it Shelves: Like others have said, this book is not bad, but falls short in some areas. But aside from that, I did enjoy Like others have said, this book is not bad, but falls short in some areas.

But aside from that, I did enjoy it, especially some of the poetry, and I would recommend it as a general queer fdmininity read. Aug 26, Kat Heatherington rated it really liked it. Fem me is la je ne sais quoi of desiring difference prior to any determination of sexual preference or gender identity.


Fem me is put on, a put-on, fetish production at the hands of vemininity becoming object, becoming fetish, while always retaining a sense of performance, always amused yet possibly bored by its effects. What the feminine represses returns from inside and outside as the future of desire. Refusing the fate of Girl-by-Nature, she fem me is Girl-by-Choice.

Finding in androgyny the rejection of all femininity too much loss, fwmme little pleasure, and ugly shoes, the fem me takes from queeering feminine a wardrobe, a walk, a wink, and then moves on to sound the death knell of an abject sexuality contorted and subjected to moral concerns.

Not a performer of legible gender transgression, like the butch and his sister the drag queen, but a betrayer of legibility itself. Seemingly “normal,” she responds to “normal” expectations with a sucker punch — she occupies normality abnormally.

Sep 17, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: As someone who self identifies as a queer femme, I was curious and excited to read this book. Like all anthologies, Brazen Femme contains both hits and misses. If you can force yourself through the introduction and first chapter, most of the middle of the book is consistently good, though the “Fem me inist Manifesto” which closes the book is pretty terrible as well.

I enjoyed the fact that the anthology contained works created by a variety of femme identified people: It could have used some voices from the disabled community, but on the whole it was surprisingly diverse. I was keen on the plethora of definitions of femme, even though in some cases I did not agree i. But can we please agree to stop misusing scientific terms for artistic purposes or inappropriate social studies topics.

If I see the words “science” or “quantum” or any number of other scientific terminologies butchered one more time, my head is liable to explode. If you don’t understand the term, don’t use it — simple as that.

Good lord it’s infuriating to try and get through a piece which does this feminnity. Despite the shortcomings of some of the contributing author’s pieces, I truly did appreciate this collection. In fact, one poem inside gave me my favourite new expression for vintage femme: Another woman’s old, worn-out frock”.

Hits home for me. May 06, Molly Thornton rated it liked it. I think for being published in this book mostly gets it right. The editors seek to explore and define what it means to be hrazen through the poetry, essays, and ideas of a diverse group of femmes. It is intersectional, and includes fat femmes, femmes of color, drag queens and mention of male or trans femmes. It also seeks to include a class perspective, including voices from sex workers, poor folks, and others oft excluded or looked down for their occupation or lack of pedigree, depending o I think for being published in this book mostly gets it right.

It also seeks to include a class perspective, including voices from sex workers, poor folks, and others oft excluded or looked down for their occupation or lack of pedigree, depending on the case. That said, many of the pieces fell flat for me- trying to convey the femihinity of what it can mean to be femme in a way that either left it completely ambiguous, or femms managed to pigeonhole it in an overly specific way.


I identify as femme and questioned whether or not I am actually femme based on prescribed definitions within this book. Mostly, I just find it disturbing how little seems to be written about what it means to be femme, it’s history, and evolution- as compared to other issues of gender and sexuality. Apr 20, Sara rated it liked it.

This book was not what I expected. And it makes that clear from its cover image. I was expecting a lot more theory-talk about femme identities. That is not this book at all– and that’s a good thing!

We need more books that feature essays, stories, poems and other art that look critically at structures such as “femme” and say what that word means to them, in all its different ways. I would have given it a higher review if I felt it was a little tighter. Occasionally, this desire to make the discu This book was not what I expected. Occasionally, this desire to make the discussion about femme to NOT be about femme felt strained.

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But some that never mentioned femme at all, such as Michelle Tea’s story about being a middle schooler at the roller rink fit in perfectly as did the story that takes place at a radical faery party. I like the connections frequently made between sex workers and femmes though at time it felt a little forced, a little too much.

There are so many femme experiences out there that are brazen without wielding weapons and I wish we saw more of those. BUT– that pic in the front would not be so sexyhotscary without that knife, right between her legs. Nov 09, Karyn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: People seeking their femme identity. This book is amazing. As with Anna’s other work, there is a lot of rape related stories, which I’m not so into, but the text that deals with identity is fantastic.

I read the intro and was hooked immediately. I felt better about myself and that I had the ability to be braver in my own identity. Sep 18, miss marla Fisher rated it liked it Recommends it for: Feb 01, Ashur rated it liked it Shelves: I’m not sure this is for me, but it’s good to read different POVs. One of the best things about essay anthologies though this also involved photography and poetry is the contributor list in the back: May 05, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked this book, and it’s one I’d recommend.

It covers a great cross-section of femme identity, and while not all the pieces are good, I found most of them at least thought-provoking. The mix of mediums throughout the book works really well, and it’s one I can see myself referring back to.

There are some stellar pieces in this: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s ‘gonna get my girl body back: Bryan’s ‘It Takes Ballz: I loved the variety, the perspectives I hadn’t necessarily considered before, and their desire to push the boundaries of ‘femme’ – i. These were far from the only ones worth reading – most of the book is pretty fantastic.