The power of fiction to illuminate

Yesterday, I picked up Stone Butch Blues.  I have only read the first chapter.  I think I’m going to like it. From memory, I would say I have never read any work of fiction that deals with transgender topics.  I wonder why? Can’t say I have read much about bisexuality either. Maybe one of the reasons… Continue reading The power of fiction to illuminate

Jane Austen, I love her.

Yes, I know Jane Austen is not a lesbian.  I suppose also that she is not considered terribly butch.  I like many authors who could be considered butch in both senses of the word (macho and queer),  think Hemingway, London and Sarah Schulman. Deep inside of my romantic heart, I also have a yearning for… Continue reading Jane Austen, I love her.

Romance and the single butch

I could have called this post, sex and the single butch,  or love and the single butch but, this single butch seeks romance, above else. Ah, romance, the courting and ultimate seduction of a woman, it’s what makes life worth living. The problem is  I have not been very successful at it for years. When… Continue reading Romance and the single butch

The two kates of lesbian detective fiction

It is unseasonably hot in Montreal right now. I am an insomniac under the best of circumstances, but this heat is making me cranky and crazy. So what to do?  Read, what else. I read mysteries, I love them. Yeah, I read a lot of things but, mysteries are a particular fascination of mine. Some… Continue reading The two kates of lesbian detective fiction

On Being Butch

This morning, I have been thinking about being butch and what it means. I often experience strange reactions from people, mostly straight women, when I refer to myself as butch. It seems some of them think that I am putting myself down when I describe myself as butch, and try to tell me  “You’re not… Continue reading On Being Butch

My top ten lesbian romances part 2

In the last post I talked about discovering Karin Kallmaker’s romance novels. What struck most about them is the humour—– Oh and the sex. That woman writes smoking sex scenes. Paperback Romance has an irresistible heroine, Carolyn. She is a hopeless romantic who writes romance novels. Carolyn has had nothing but  bad luck with men. Try as she… Continue reading My top ten lesbian romances part 2