Butch is a Noun, the first book by activist, gender-jammer, and performer S. Bear Bergman,won wide acclaim when published by Suspect Thoughts in 2006: a funny, insightful, and purposely unsettling manifesto on what it means to be butch (and not). In thirty-four deeply personal essays, Bear makes butchness accessible to those who are new to the concept, and makes gender outlaws of all stripes feel as though they have come home. From girls' clothes to men's haircuts, from walking with girls to hanging with young men, Butch is a Noun chronicles the perplexities, dangers, and pleasures of living lifeoutside the gender binary.
This new edition includes a new afterword by the author.
Butch is a Noun is a book that a) should be required reading in any gender studies curriculum;b) femmes should read whenever they're feeling unloved, lonely, or misunderstood; c) butches should read; d) all of the above. The answer, of course, is d. Thank you, dear Bear.
—Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw
About the Author:
S. Bear Bergman is the author of three books published by Arsenal Pulp Press: the Lambda Literary Award finalist The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, Butch Is a Noun, and most recently, Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter (also a Lambda Literary Award finalist). Bear is also author of two trans-positive children's books, Backwards Day and The Adventures of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy (Flamingo Rampant), and co-editor (with Kate Bornstein) of the Lambda Award-winning anthology Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal). A longtime activist and public speaker, Bear continues to work at the intersection between and among gender, sexuality, and culture. Originally from New England, Bear now lives with his husband and son in Toronto.