Thursday, 04 October 2012 10:46

Femmes of Power

Femmes of Power: Exploding Queer Femininities, Del La Grace Volcano & Ulrika Dahl, (Serpent's Tail 2008)

What is femme? French for woman? A feminine lesbian? A queer girl who loves to dress up? Think again! Going beyond identity politics and the pleasures of plumage, Femmes of Power captures a diverse range of queerly feminine subjects whose powerful and intentional redress explodes the meaning of femme for the 21st century. Femmes of Power features both every-day heroines and many queer feminist icons, including Michelle Tea, Virginie Despentes, Amber Hollibaugh, Rosie Lugosi, Itziar Ziga, Lydia Lunch, Kate Bornstein and Valerie Mason-John. Femmes of Power unsettles the objectifying 'male' gaze on femininity and presents femmes as speaking subjects and high-heeled theorists. Look closer - these powerful, sexy and sincerely ironic feminine figures are larger than life, bravely challenging femininity's negative connotations and replacing femme invisibility with a fresh new face for femme-inism.