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Black. Queer. Southern. Women.An Oral History$
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E. Patrick Johnson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469641102

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469641102.001.0001

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Walk like a Man, Talk like a Woman

Walk like a Man, Talk like a Woman

Gender Nonconformity

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Black. Queer. Southern. Women.

E. Patrick Johnson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter upends the myth that all queer women of color are butch, or masculine-presenting. Johnson’s interlocutors reveal that gender presentation and expression for women in the South have historically been much more fluid and malleable than is commonly assumed. Moreover, the women expose the inability of terms like ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine” to fully capture how they play with gender.

Keywords:   gender, butch, femme, masculine, feminine, dominant, aggressive, stud, stem

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