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Butch Is a Noun

Butch Is a Noun

By S. Bear Bergman
Categories: LGBTQ+, Trans Literature, Social Issues
Paperback : 9781551523699, 224 pages, 2010


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 meansto be butch (and not). In thirty-four deeply personal essays, Bear makes butchness accessibleto those who are new to the concept, and makesgender outlaws of all stripes feel as though theyhave come home. From girls' clothes to men'shaircuts, from walking with girls to hangingwith 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