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5.0 out of 5 stars a stunning history of female masculinity
A highly readable and stunning history of female masculinity in Britain and the USA, considering court cases, literature, film, pop culture and drag king performances. I learned that the most interesting masculinities are not male, and that the history of the occlusion of butchness is a crucial foundation for understanding gender construction of all kinds.
Published on 27 Jun 1999

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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here
Halberstam's latest book is a rather lackluster rehashing of the latest trend in queer theory. Instead of endless pages of highly problematic ethnographic research, Halberstam would have been much better served if she had included a fem perspective in her unabashed celebration of butch subjectivity. A rather ho-hum effort from an otherwise promising young scholar...
Published on 24 Jun 1999


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a stunning history of female masculinity, 27 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Female Masculinity (Paperback)
A highly readable and stunning history of female masculinity in Britain and the USA, considering court cases, literature, film, pop culture and drag king performances. I learned that the most interesting masculinities are not male, and that the history of the occlusion of butchness is a crucial foundation for understanding gender construction of all kinds.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great foundational book in the area, 5 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Female Masculinity (Paperback)
This is a good introduction to the topic. Helps you think through the difference between masculinity and maleness. Wish there were more about how race and class effect masculinity.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good, 10 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Female Masculinity (Paperback)
i think judith makes some good points, but she tends to lean toward male bashing instead of raising up female masculinity sometime. Overall, I enjoyed it, and learned something from myself.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here, 24 Jun 1999
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Halberstam's latest book is a rather lackluster rehashing of the latest trend in queer theory. Instead of endless pages of highly problematic ethnographic research, Halberstam would have been much better served if she had included a fem perspective in her unabashed celebration of butch subjectivity. A rather ho-hum effort from an otherwise promising young scholar. One only hopes that she can live up to the promise of her earlier book, Skin Shows.
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Female Masculinity by Judith Halberstam (Paperback - 25 Oct 1998)
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