Butches, Inking, and David Bowie

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It’s a gorgeous Sunday spring afternoon in San Francisco; sunny, 58 degrees and breezy. The trees beneath my window are covered in pink blossoms, and I have a salmon fillet marinating in mustard, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup ready to cook for dinner. I have the window open, David Bowie is cranked up, and I’m finishing inking Jackie Bross and her lover Catherine Barscz (circa 1943) for the Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s, and 40s Coloring Book (Stacked Deck Press – release date June 2017). 

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Perverts Put Out! Mayday Edition

Perverts Put Out! Mayday Edition
Come dance around the Maypole! Join us for a spirited, smutty response to the state of emergency we all find ourselves in. Just days before the traditional worker’s holiday and a national day of resistance, Avery Cassell, Jen Cross, Gina de Vries, Juba Kalamka, Cherry Terror, Na’amen Tilahun, and special musical guest Princess Cream Pie, will mash-up porn, politics, and spring, co-hosted by Dr. Carol Queen and Simon Sheppard.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Center for Sex & Culture
1369 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA.
Doors open at 7:00 and show at 8:00 pm

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Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink

Coming November 14, 2017, Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink, edited by DL King. Contributors to this anthology include the talented and sexy J. Belle Lamb, Pascal Scott, Tamsin Flowers, Sonni de Soto, Annabeth Leong, Rose P. Lethe, Meghan O’Brien, Kiki DeLovely, B.D. Swain, Cecilia Duvalle, Janelle Reston, Sacchi Green, Emily Bingham, Sir Manther, Kathleen Tudor, Brey Willows, Mary Tintagel, Elinor Zimmerman, Robyn Nyx, and myself!

“My fingers surreptitiously part the Kelly green knit cotton opening of my jockeys, and move sneakily over my belly bit by bit; I’m diligently working my way towards my cunt. It is Thursday, and tonight’s Blue Plate special is Rose’s old-fashioned spaghetti with meatballs. I have a weakness for round food, so we brave the approaching dank fog to go to the comforting and ubiquitous Chow for dinner.

It is the fourth day of your two week visit, and we’ve been living on expensive chocolate, strong coffee, sharp mouse cheese, and rye crackers. The nightstand’s top drawer is crammed with chocolate, and the bottom drawer with extra large condoms and evil little binder clips. The metal waste paper basket is overflowing with used black nitrile gloves, spent condoms, and gold foil candy wrappers. We’ve already gone through two bottles of lube, beating our personal best from last April. We’ve broken one dick clean at the base, and the bed has started to creak and shift in the lower right corner. My chest, the back of my thighs and the crease of my ass are covered in crop marks, bruises and bites, while you have a dazed smile on your face, along with several bruises on your left wrist and the top of your hand. We’re ready to leave the apartment in search of protein. We want sexy waitpersons serving us hot food and a meander through the streets of San Francisco.” – from “Blue Plate Special: Your Boot on my Cunt.”

“Blue Plate Special: Your Boot on my Cunt” is a romantic bit of frippery about two butches/MOC who can’t keep their hands off one another for longer than 60 minutes, resulting in deliciously surreptitious boot play under the table during a spaghetti dinner at Chows. Read the rest in Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink!

 

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Erotica Pet Peeve: Thrum

editing-markupIf I was the Grand Poobah Editor of Smut, I’d immediately toss out any erotic fiction that used the word ‘thrum.’ Reading ‘thrum’ will cause me to close the book on an otherwise dandy piece of writing. Within the context of smut, ‘thrum’ sticks in my craw.

I’ve never seen ‘thrum’ used in any fiction except for smut. Erotica, like any other fiction, needs to use a common and natural vocabulary. Can you imagine turning to a lover and murmuring, “Baby, you make me thrum!” Once we set erotica fiction aside with special words, we open the doorway for it to become the other, a subcategory that is worth less than the so-called more authentic non-erotic fiction. This delegitimizes the genre of smut. We need to hold erotic fiction to the same literary standards as non-erotic fiction, and the creation and usage of an exclusive vocabulary keeps erotica segregated

Hideous for real examples:
Marc leaned forward to kiss his breastbone and felt it thrum against his lips.

Her erotic vibrations were back and thrumming at the speed of sound.

His body seemed to thrum with tension.

I felt his answer thrum in my bones…

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Jackie Bross – Butch Hero

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I was planning on including Jackie and Catherine in the Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s, and 40s Coloring Book and had already started my sketches. I was curious though. Why were these two jailbirds documented? Why did Jackie look so weary? Usually, unless the butch was famous, the photo would be anonymous and this one wasn’t. In almost every place that I saw the photo of the two in jail, it was noted that this was Jackie Bross and Catherine Barscz,  Racine Police Station, Chicago, June 5, 1943. Some places noted that they’d been arrested for cross-dressing. I assumed that they were in jail because of a gay bar raid, but I was wrong. Last night I researched Jackie and Catherine, and discovered that Jackie was so well documented because she was responsible for getting the cross-dressing laws in Chicago changed in 1943.

Jackie Brass was a butch hero. Jackie was a 19-year-old part Cherokee butch woman who was arrested as she came home from her job as a machinist at a WWII defense plant. You may have seen the iconic photo of her and her friend Catherine in a Chicago jail cell, but I found a photo of Jackie in court. As I read Jackie’s history, I was moved to tears by her youth, pride determination, and bravery.

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In court, Bross informed the judge that she chose to wear men’s clothing because it was “more comfortable than women’s clothes and handy for work…I wish I was a boy. I never did anything wrong. I just like to wear men’s clothes… [but] everyone knows I’m a woman.” She was sentenced to see a court psychiatrist for six months, Chicago’s cross-dressing code was revised, but harassment and arrests continued. The Chicago code regarding cross-dressing was not eliminated until 1978.
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