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In day-to-day-life, people often act as if they know exactly what they mean by boys and girls, mamas and papas, masculine and feminine, butch and femme, stud and fluff. But what happens to gender in same-sex relationships? Can different women be differently gendered? If you accept that gender is as much about race and class and nation as it is about sexuality, what happens to commonly accepted "truths" about gender and identity? Render Me, Gender Me challenges comfortable assumptions about gender by weaving Kath Weston's own thought-provoking commentary together with the voices of lesbians from a variety of race and class backgrounds. Nuns, strippers, teachers, carpenters, small business owners, and women in the military all find a place in this spirited account. At the heart of the book are interviews Weston draws upon to give a new twist to contemporary discussions of gender. Among the topics discussed are gender as a multicultural subject, power play in lesbian relationships, lusting after "fluidity", writing gender into lesbian history, the tomboy mystique, the latent tendency to imagine gender as a sliding scale, the impact of job markets and race relations on the way women gender themselves, the guessing games people play when they pin one another down with respect to gender, why "who's the man?" is the wrong question to ask about lesbian couples, and why gender is not about "imitation" or "roles".

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Drawing on interviews with lesbians from a variety of race and class backgrounds, Weston (anthropology, Arizona State U.) provides new perspectives on contemporary issues, including gender as a multicultural subject, power play in lesbian relationships, lusting after fluidity, the tomboy mystique, imagining gender as a sliding scale, the impact of job markets and race relations on how women gender themselves, games involving guessing about someone's gender, and why gender is not about imitation or roles.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231096423
Author:
Weston, Kath
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Stereotype (Psychology) -- United States.
Subject:
Sex role -- United States.
Subject:
Stereotypes (Social psychology)
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 209-216.
Series:
Between Men-Between Women: Lesbian & Gay Studies
Publication Date:
19961031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.32x6.22x.86 in. 1.02 lbs.

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