femme conference roundup, & links

September 5, 2008  |  journal entries

Now that I am finally putting my thoughts together about the femme conference, here is a small roundup of other posts I’ve seen out there in the blogosphere about others’ experiences.

  1. fatgirl femme: femme conference 2008: “I left the conference feeling energized and excited, and like I can totally have the femme community I want. I feel really committed to making it happen here in Seattle, and also really blessed that even if it DOESN’T happen in Seattle, I have some really valuable femme community in the blogosphere, and that’s still pretty fucking remarkable.”
  2. the femme show – some first thoughts: “… what I want to share with you now … is how much I want to go back. How I want to be part of two hundred or so femmes and allies telling each other we’re beautiful, strong, sexy, survivors of misogyny and worse, capable of loving and fucking and building a movement and changing the world. How when I was alone on a street in some Chicago neighborhood I can’t even name, waiting for a bus, I looked at groups of women carrying purses and diaper bags and birthday presents, women in dresses going out to dinner, and I saw them as friends because I’d just spent 48 hours surrounded by people in dresses who were friends. How I want to keep seeing all feminine people that way, to let go of the idea that femininity in queers is subversive and special and superior and make this about chosen femininity, not about special us queers are with our big glasses and big earrings or whatever it is this year.”
  3. femme FATale: post 1 of lord knows how many others: “who knew … being around people of various shared communities that are separate at times and converging at others could so quickly feel like home, that i’d go to chicago excited and leave with a heart full and achey with missing? to answer the questions i’ve received from readers and from friends: the femme conference was amazing. it was validating and caring, but it was also intense and hard. there was support and there was community, as much as there were the reminders of how much further we need to go to be good to each other as femmes. as loving and thoughtful and supportive as we are to our butches and our bois and to our allies, we need to be good to ourselves and to each other.”
  4. coffee and gender: the architecture of femme: “In the workshops and keynotes we attended the discussions were so closely focused on femmes that allies often were relegated to sitting and listening: which is exactly what allies should be doing 80% of the time. However, there are always times when workshops or lectures are really meant for the self-identifying members of the audience and not for allies or family members/significant others. I don’t believe in “safe space” but I strongly believe in “safer space”, and it can be hard to tell when a lecture or workshop might be more easily received and understood if the attendees all belonged to that one identity group.”

If you know of other posts or wrote one yourself, please leave the URL in the comments + I’ll add them to the roundup!

There is a Femme Conference 2010 in the works, I hear it’ll be in Atlanta. There are some specific folks that I would really like to see at the conference in 2010, and I’m going to call you out publically because I can. Please consider coming. Please make your life revolve around creating the ability to come to the next conference. You will not regret it. You need to be there: sublime femme, Miss Avarice, Lady Brett, Green-eyed Girl, and Essin’ Em.

Speaking of femme community and links to what’s happening in the blogosphere, Hussyred recently posted on her fabulous blog about the concept of a femme archive, specifically positing this challenge: “Let’s post the who, the what, the where, the when of how we got to call ourselves “femme.””

There have been some lovely responses being kicked around: Sublime femme writes on what makes me a femme, Green-eyed Girl says who am I, Lady Brett Ashley rides around with her rag top down, and Belle (yep, she’s back) discusses supporting other femmes and her own femme competition.

It’s a great question, this idea of where we came from, how we our gender identities developed, when we called ourself by our chosen identity labels and why. If you’d like to explore this in the comments, please do so. If you post about this on your own blog, please do leave a link!

 

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10 Comments


  1. My response, as a femme ally, is here:
    Femme is a Noun, an Adjective, a Verb…

    http://nattnightly.wordpress.com/2008/09/04/femme-is-a-noun-an-adjective-a-verb%e2%80%a6/

    (Title is pulled from R. Buckminster Fuller’s quote:
    I live on Earth at present,
    and I don’t know what I am.
    I know that I am not a category.
    I am not a thing — a noun.
    I seem to be a verb,
    an evolutionary process –
    an integral function of the universe.)

  2. Yes sir, I do look forward to going to the Atlanta conference, I wouldn’t want to miss another one as I see how it has so affected people.

  3. Hello! I wrote about my Femme Con experience at my LJ blog: http://chreebomb.livejournal.com/tag/femme+con+2008

    Glittery XOXOs,
    Chree

  4. Chree, you were the glittery, tutu’d, six-inch heeled bomb. seriously, you inspired me in big ways. thank you! xo

  5. p.s. greg, do go to Atlanta, pretty please! you would’ve loved the last one.

    and Colleen and HussyRed, y’all are beautiful, delicious femmes. I’ve loved your writeups and adored meeting you both. xoxo!

  6. Well, how could I turn down such a um… firm invitation!

  7. I love a tutu, don't you(you)? ;) XOXOXOOX

  8. I wannnnna go. It all depends on if I have money/a job/a life by then :)

  9. yes sir. (that is, if it isn't the exact three days of the year that i absolutely have to be at work, no excuses, again.) it sounds fantabulous! and atlanta is a bit more my direction =)

  10. I just saw this post (usually I’m more thorough at reading your blog) and thanks for linking to me! I saw some people coming my way through that post and I was wondering where they had seen it. Thanks, and thanks for your blog too, it’s one of my favorite indulgences that I can’t read at work :)

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