Gender Studies | Themes in Gender Studies: Female Masculinities
G205 | 31894 | Crump, V

"I know what butch is.  I know, and I'm gong to tell you, so listen
up and take notes.  First of all butch is a noun.  And an
adjective.  And a verb." - Butch is a Noun by S. Bear Bergman

In this course, we will examine the diversity of female gender
expression through a lens of female masculinities and identities
(including: butch, boi, birl, etc).  We will begin by exploring
female masculinities through a historical and feminist lens, paying
specific attention to second and third wave feminism's engagement
with gender and sexuality.  During this course we will also engage
with media representations of these identities in film, music and
literature.  Through reading key works on these subjects by Judith
Halberstam (Female Masculinity), S. Bear Bergman (Butch is a Noun),
Leslie Feinberg (Stone Butch Blues) Pat Califia, Joan Nestle, and
Judith Butler.  We will explore what these diverse identities and
expressions mean for individuals, identity politics and embodiment.