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Stone Butch Blues (Feinberg)

After our discussion of Gay New York last week, we agreed that we'd all like to have a chance to read this book (again, or for the first time) and discuss it from a historical/queer theory perspective. Looking forward to it!

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This compelling but uneven first novel follows the sexual travails of lesbian Jess Goldberg. At its start she is a girl who feels confused by strict ideas about gender and who wonders if she might be a "he-she" since people often ask whether she is a boy or a girl. Constantly searching, she quickly moves from trying on her father's suits to visiting bars and transforming herself into a full-blown "butch," complete with her own dildo. As police crackdowns on gay bars result in more than one night in jail, Goldberg decides to begin taking male hormones and have a breast reduction in order to pass as a man. Although she delights in visiting the barber and being able to use the men's room--and even manages to make love to a woman without being discovered--the emotional complications of changing her sex (and hence her identity) build up until she ceases to take her hormone shots. Certain transmutations, like her lowered voice, cannot be reversed, however, so she is now even less defined as a member of a specific gender. Goldberg and her like-minded friends who have embraced the butch/femme dichotomy find they have no place in either the nascent women's or gay pride movements. Feinberg attempts to present Goldberg's life as the personal side of political history, but the narrative seems unattached to time despite the insertion of landmark events like the Stonewall riot and the mention of Reagan and the Moral Majority. - Publisher's Weekly

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  • Sky

    Eli, did we decide to keep Wednesday's as our new meeting day? I'm trying to decide if I should sign up for another professional development class that might conflict.

    February 2, 2013

  • Miriam

    January 31, 2013

  • Don

    I regret that I cannot attend the meeting tomorrow. Out of town visitors have shown up. Next time for sure. Thanks

    January 29, 2013

  • Don

    Regrets for 30th meet. An conflict arose just todayi.

    January 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot make it on the 30th. I was really looking forward to this. :-(

    January 26, 2013

  • Ian

    Oh, I must not have checked this board recently. Sorry if this is too much switching around, but would Mondays possibly work in the future? I can do Wednesdays but they're not ideal.

    January 25, 2013

  • Robin T.

    I am excited to be part of this group. Can't make it this month, but I'm signed up for the future

    January 23, 2013

  • Eli V.

    OK, I'm officially going to switch it to Wednesday the 30th. Hope you all can make it :)

    January 23, 2013

  • Sky

    Ignore what I just posted. Wednesday is the best day for me if we're still trying to reschedule it.

    January 22, 2013

    • Miriam

      Was gonna say, if that Wednesday doesn't work, maybe the next one...

      January 22, 2013

  • Sky

    Darn, that's the last night of this class I've been taking for professional development. Maybe next time.

    January 22, 2013

  • Miriam

    I just signed up for a class that's Tues/Thurs evenings til May :/. Any chance people would want to do a different night?

    January 11, 2013

    • Eli V.

      I'm OK with switching to a different weekday - either just for this time or permanently. Wednesday?

      January 21, 2013

    • Miriam

      That would be fabulous. Thanks!

      January 22, 2013

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