Feminists, Lesbians and Bad Girls
Edited by Laura Harris, Elizabeth Crocker
Routledge – 1997 – 236 pages
Femme seeks to redress the ways that femme identities have been elided, idealized, or not fully historicized in a productive reconsideration of lesbian and butch-femme history, of feminism, and of queer thought. As a feminist project, Femme offers an alliance between many communities of women previously passed over by feminism. Contributors: Leah Lilith Albrecht-Samarasinha, Barbara Cruikshank, Madeline Davis, Heather Findlay, Jewelle Gomez, Kelly Hankin, Leslie Henson, Amber Hollibaugh, Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy, Mabel Maney, Katherine Millersdaughter, Joan Nestle, Lisa Ortiz, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Rebecca Ann Rugg, Gaby Sandoval, Marcy Sheiner, Alex Robertson Textor.
"Harris and Crocker's femme, newly liberatied from the butch-femme dyad, flaunts her lipstick, her sexual agency, and her association with the historical practices of "women" as "a liberatory model." -- Sue-Ellen Case, Signs
"Harris and Crocker proffer butch-femme role playing as a continuing corrective to the gendered critique of feminism." -- Sue-Ellen Case, University of California, Signs
Laura Alexandra Harris is Lecturer in Women's Studies at California State University. Liz Hutchinson Crocker is Instructor of Writing Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature at the University of California, San Diego.