The Femme Mystique
Alyson Publications, 1995 - Social Science - 319 pages
A fascinating and insightful look at the world of femme identity within the lesbian community. Written by femmes, former femmes, future femmes, femme wanna-bes, femme admirers, and of course, femmes fatales, The femme Mystique explores what it means to be a femme and a lesbian in a society that often trivializes the feminine.
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She wanted to show off her breasts by wearing tight sweaters. My father went into
a rage, told her she was a slut, and sent her to her room. She never won those
attempts to establish her own identity; I never tried. I watched my father break her
I tell her that tomorrow I will wear An old denim shirt, jeans that have holes in the
knees, and Could I borrow her boots? I'll have to remember to wear no makeup,
And buy a baseball cap to wear backwards. She smiles and says maybe she'll ...
es, I wear heels and pantyhose and tummy-tuck undies I wear push-up bras and
bustiers and sometimes falsies I wear lipstick and blush and eyeliner galore I
wear false eyelashes and eyeshadows different shades about four I drench my ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - orangejulia - LibraryThing
A really excellent collections of essays and some poetry about femmes. These are mostly from point of view of femmes, but there are also works by people who appreciate them. Read full review