"In these lyrical vignettes, Pratt expands the boundaries of gender and its theory. She explores the inconsistencies, the infinities, the fluidity of sex and gender, and asks intriguing questions: How many ways are there to be girl, boy, man, woman? Is there a connection between feminine, masculine, lesbian, heterosexual, between desire and liberation? How many ways can the body's sex vary---by chromosomes, hormones, genitals? How many ways can our gender expressions multiply---between home and work, at the computer and when we kiss someone, in our dreams and when we walk down the street? What is our dream of who we want to be? Pratt's stories are part of new theory appearing at the intersections---of the feminism of U.S. women's liberation, the writings of women of color in the U.S. and internationally, the queer ideas of lesbian and gay liberation, and the emerging thought of transgender liberation. S/HE helps move these ideas into action by giving us theory that has flesh and breath, that exists in all of our eccentric, complicated, daily lives."--BOOK JACKET.
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How had we recognized each other then , with no language for who we were ?
What mark had we each left on the other ? And who were we to each other , at
five years old ? Were we “ butch ” and “ femme " ? Were we “ boy ” and “ girl ” ?
Frequently a lesbian who was “ too femme ” was perceived as a woman who had
not liberated her mind or her body . In ordinary arguments with a lesbian friend or
lover , she could be dismissed — as I sometimes was — with , “ You act just ...
Discussions of sexuality may exclude butch / butch and femme / femme pairings
as too homoerotically queer . Some of who talk of ourselves as butch or femme
may reject identification with people like us who live at the extremes of gender .
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Amazing. Loved every aspect of this book. She shows how her thoughts and process have developed and changed over the years with both conversaitons, debates, and encounters with the people she has met ... Read full review
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An amazing book of vignettes that explore the ideas and intersections of love, sexuality, gender, and identity. A beautiful love letter to her partner, Leslie Feinberg. Read full review