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Stone Butch Blues: A Novel Paperback – Jan 1 2010


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555838537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555838539
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This compelling but uneven first novel follows the sexual travails of lesbian Jess Goldberg. At its start she is a girl who feels confused by strict ideas about gender and who wonders if she might be a "he-she" since people often ask whether she is a boy or a girl. Constantly searching, she quickly moves from trying on her father's suits to visiting bars and transforming herself into a full-blown "butch," complete with her own dildo. As police crackdowns on gay bars result in more than one night in jail, Goldberg decides to begin taking male hormones and have a breast reduction in order to pass as a man. Although she delights in visiting the barber and being able to use the men's room--and even manages to make love to a woman without being discovered--the emotional complications of changing her sex (and hence her identity) build up until she ceases to take her hormone shots. Certain transmutations, like her lowered voice, cannot be reversed, however, so she is now even less defined as a member of a specific gender. Goldberg and her like-minded friends who have embraced the butch/femme dichotomy find they have no place in either the nascent women's or gay pride movements. Feinberg attempts to present Goldberg's life as the personal side of political history, but the narrative seems unattached to time despite the insertion of landmark events like the Stonewall riot and the mention of Reagan and the Moral Majority.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Leslie Feinberg is the author of Stone Butch Blues, and also the author of Trans Liberation, Trans Gender Warriors, and Transgender Liberation, and is a noted activist and speaker on transgender issues.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By garrett hendriks on April 29 2009
Format: Paperback
Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues is a dialogue from a butch named Jess from behind a wall too tall to see over.

Walls are built to close things off, to protect - sometimes to keep whats inside safe, othertimes to isolate people within. The protaganist Jess, had them built up around by others for not being something they could understand, and by herself to stay hard enough to stay in a world that didn't want her in it.

Jess tells about about never having the words to describe how she feels or to create her own voice and make it fit. Its hard to fit when you're trapped by the world outside gender, outside sex, and stuck walled into yourself.

I swallowed this book in two days - a quote I once heard is drumming in my head, "to live and die properly we must take back our words."
This is one of the only things I've read that has given me new words, made old words have meaning again. When I finished I felt like something in me I didn't notice took form, and had a voice, as part of me.
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Format: Hardcover
I found Stone Butch Blues to be a truly amazing novel; I too had a hard time putting it down. As a heterosexual male from the SF Bay Area, I have been exposed to homosexuals, but have never really been "behind the scenes" of the struggle for gender equality. Stone Butch Blues was a gripping and consistently sad account of the life of a tough yet sensitive "butch" and I learned quite a bit from it.
Jess definitely had to "walk a difficult path" in life as was prophecized early on by her neighbors and caretakers. The ever present emotional and physical struggles involved in Jess' life were heartbreaking and most of the time she found herself "drowning in loneliness." It is interesting to read the literary talent on display when Feinberg describes the first time Jess sees Rocco, or Jess' first dance, or when she asks Theresa to marry her. Feinberg has the ability to clearly describe these characters, create memorable scenes, and simultaneously lift your heart rate.
I thoroughly enjoyed this eye and mind opening book and in the process gained an insight that formerly didn't exist.
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Format: Paperback
I first read Stone Butch Blues in 1993, and was completely blown away. Eight years later, the emotion and complexity remain with me. One cannot come away from this book unchanged. Powerful, provocative, and deeply moving. A classic.
Leslie Feinberg weaves a fictionalized autobiography through the story of Jess Goldberg. At the intersection of gender, sexual orientation, and class we find Jess.
Growing up in upstate New York, Jess struggles with gender identity. Leaving a difficult home life, Jess stumbles upon the the underground butch/femme lesbian bar world, and finds a place as a stone butch. The need to earn a living leads Jess to blue-collar factory jobs, where passing as a man provides increased job security.
We join Jess on her turbulent (and sometimes violent) roller coaster ride through life. Yet Jess survives, even triumphs, and the journey to Jess's self-actualization becomes a part of the reader.
Set in the 1950s-1970s, this book contains a glimpse of lives and struggles that are too often forgotten or unknown. A crash course in the complexity of the human condition.
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Being heterosexual and never really had to step out of society's 'norms' I have not ever (until recently) considered what it would be like for those who do not live inside the "norms" of our society. Stone Butch Blues opened my eyes even further than before to the pain and anguish that is caused by not fitting in. It also showed how ridiculous Western concepts of sex, gender and sexuality really are when we consider a society where people like Jess exist. Obviously, there's something wrong in the way that most of us conceptualise the world.
Stone Butch Blues shows a world before feminism, where people like Jess had an awful time trying to get anywhere - where fear could dictate a persons actions entirely. It shows the plight of people who aren't "normal" to succeed in this world and to be proud of who they are.
Despite the obvious hardships that this novel shows it is not a dreary movie about tragedy and how bad the world is. It is a story of hope and of inspiration - showing that the world can change - and that you can change it. Regardless of your age, sex, gender, race and so on, it is possible to survive and to make an impact on the world.
Stone Butch Blues is a fantastic novel and I would recommend it to everyone with an open mind. I would not, however, say that it is everyone's cup of tea as it can be quite graphic and disturbing. Despite this, try and read the book - it will open your eyes.
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Format: Paperback
Being heterosexual and never really had to step out of society's 'norms' I have not ever (until recently) considered what it would be like for those who do not live inside the "norms" of our society. Stone Butch Blues opened my eyes even further than before to the pain and anguish that is caused by not fitting in. It also showed how ridiculous Western concepts of sex, gender and sexuality really are when we consider a society where people like Jess exist. Obviously, there's something wrong in the way that most of us conceptualise the world.
Stone Butch Blues shows a world before feminism, where people like Jess had an awful time trying to get anywhere - where fear could dictate a persons actions entirely. It shows the plight of people who aren't "normal" to succeed in this world and to be proud of who they are.
Despite the obvious hardships that this novel shows it is not a dreary movie about tragedy and how bad the world is. It is a story of hope and of inspiration - showing that the world can change - and that you can change it. Regardless of your age, sex, gender, race and so on, it is possible to survive and to make an impact on the world.
Stone Butch Blues is a fantastic novel and I would recommend it to everyone with an open mind. I would not, however, say that it is everyone's cup of tea as it can be quite graphic and disturbing. Despite this, try and read the book - it will open your eyes.
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