My sister gave both volumes of Femmethology to me for my birthday, I had sent her the website because they had looked interesting when Helen Boyd of the engender blog had posted about them on her blog: [...]
They're essays, with minimal editing, presented as the authors intended. Some are more scholarly with footnotes and everything, some are personal memoirs, but all are interesting.
The femmes in the books seem to be all lesbian/queer oriented, but I felt a kinship to them even if I'm not exactly queer yet. What really struck me were the stories of femme invisiblity ie being assumed to be straight and the stories of femmes de-femme-ing in order to fit in with the lesbian community, and how that made them feel wrong and out of place. My experience isn't exactly the same but there are some similarities.
The stories made me laugh, they made me cry, and they made me think. And I began thinking, "yeah, I'm one of them, they are my people." They really did make low self esteemy me feel better about my self as an MTF transgendered femme who hopes to transition someday.