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Female Masculinity (Judith Halberstam)

Hi all, happy summer! Hope you'll join us to discuss Female Masculinity :) This book has been around a while, and should be easy to find at libraries or independent bookstores like Modern Times.

"Readers who have followed the postmodern gender debate in the university presses (ranging from Thais Morgan's sedately twisted analyses of Victorian male lesbianism to Judith Butler's acclaimed Gender Trouble) will delight in the latest little earthquake: Judith Halberstam's deft separation of masculinity from the male body in Female Masculinity. If what we call "masculinity" is taken to be "a naturalized relation between maleness and power," Halberstam argues, "then it makes little sense to examine men for the contours of that masculinity's social construction." We can learn more from other embodiments of masculinity, like those found in drag-king performances, in the sexual stance of the stone butch, and in female-to-male transgenderism. Halberstam's subject is so new to critical discourse that her approach can be somewhat scattershot--there is simply too much to say--but her prose is lucid and deliberate, and her attitude refreshingly relaxed. Essential reading for gender studies and a lively contribution to cultural studies in general."

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  • Eli V.

    In honor of the SCOTUS decision, tonight's meeting is officially canceled. Go be a part of history! Much love to you all <3

    June 26, 2013

    • Miriam

      Sorry, no pressure to cancel it if you don't want to, especially since it's your last time! I just wanted to put the thought out there. I'm gonna go to the celebration - I'm too sappy about same-sex marriage to miss it.

      June 26, 2013

  • Miriam

    Do people really want to be in a coffeeshop in Berkeley discussing queer theory tonight while so much is happening in the Castro?

    June 26, 2013

    • Miriam

      I mean I love book club but this is pretty big.

      June 26, 2013

    • crisolivia

      I agree could we do book talk next week or at next months meeting?

      June 26, 2013

  • Chelsea

    Can't make it this Wednesday, but I will be there in the future!

    June 24, 2013

  • Ian

    may not make it; that's right in the middle of frameline :/

    June 7, 2013

    • Eli V.

      ohh yeah :( awww that's sad because it's the last one i can go to before i leave for the east coast! i hope you can come :(

      June 7, 2013

    • Ian

      actually i checked and it looks like this is my take-a-break-from-film day! so i'll be there after all :)

      June 11, 2013

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