Butch Lesbians of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book Cover Release!

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It’s true! The Butch Lesbians from the 20s to the 70s Coloring Book Series second book, the Butch Lesbians of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book from Stacked Deck Press will be released in just a few weeks. Follow us on our Butch Lesbians Coloring Book series FaceBook page to find out about the exact release date and upcoming coloring events. The Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s, and 40s Coloring Book will be available for resale soon!

Butches – we got butches! Meet real life butches from around the world in The Butch Lesbians of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book. There are barroom butches, marrying butches, activist butches, cross-dressing car thief butches, punk butches, baby butches, debutant butches, publishing butches, and more. There are butch mothers, political activists, feminists,  scene-stealers, filmmakers, girlfriend-stealers, writers, photographers, opium smokers, librarians, and renegades gracing these pages. Building upon the success of The Butch Lesbians of the 20s, 30s, and 40s Coloring Book, and the ensuing community coloring parties held throughout the US, Avery Cassell and Jon Macy usher their readers into the 50s, 60s, and 70s with an embarrassment of butch riches. The Butch Lesbians of the 50s, 60s, and 70s Coloring Book offers not only a love letter to mid-century Butches, but a detailed map to our bold and beautiful history; color the butches, then turn to the back and read their stories. Our delectable cover butch is Cherifa Bakalia, the first woman grain seller in the souks of Tangier, Morocco, and writer Jane Bowles’ lover for 20 years.

Butchariffic!” — Alison Bechdel

…more than just exercise pages for your crayons.” – Cathy Camper, Lambda Literary Newsletter

 

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Lambda and NLA Finalist! Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink

Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the National Leather Association-International finalists in the Samois Anthology Award. What amazing honors!

Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink, edited by DL King. Contributors to this anthology of hot lesbian smut include the talented  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!

Excerpt from  my story, “Blue Plate Special: Your Boot on my Cunt”, 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 restaurant in the Castro . Read the rest in Unspeakably Erotic: Lesbian Kink!

“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.”

 

 

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Cherifa, Moroccan Butch

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I finally got around to watching  Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, directed by Jennifer Baichwal. I wanted to watch it because I’d heard that there was an interview in it with Cherifa (Amina Bakalia), writer Jane Bowles’ Moroccan butch lover for twenty years. Cherifa has been vilified by Tangier’s expatriate community as a gold-digger and a witch. She was accused of poisoning Jane and of using her for her money. And there was indeed an interview, along with new images of this Moroccan mystery butch.

Cherifa was also the first woman grain-seller in the souks of Tangier and an out butch Middle Eastern woman with a fiery temper and a predilection for smoking and drinking heavily. I’m fascinated with Jane and Cherifa’s twenty year-long relationship and the ire that it caused amongst Jane’s friends. In the movie, Let It Come Down, Cherifa crackles gleefully when told that people thought she was a witch, and speculates that it was because she was an artist who sold paintings to tourists. Cherifa was essentially butch rough trade, but rough trade that evolved into a decades long relationship.

cherifa3.jpg  Cherifa5

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BUTCH: Not Like the Other Girls by SD Holman

Although it’s never really left completely, butch identity is making a glorious comeback. Mia Jagpal and Telus Storyhive presents this documentary video about SD Holman and the making of her groundbreaking, gorgeous, photographic book, BUTCH: Not Like the Other Girls.

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Gladys Bentley, Butch Harlem Renaissance Blues Singer

bentley in suitGladys Bentley AKA Bobbie Bentley, 1907 – 1960, USA. (Biography from the Butch Lesbians Coloring Book series)
Gladys Bentley was a renowned blues singer during the 1920s and 30s, a pianist and entertainer during the Harlem Renaissance. Gladys played piano in gay male speakeasies, often sang about sissies and bulldaggers, and was a notorious flirt with the women in the audience. Resplendent in her signature white tuxedo and top hat given to her by the writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten, James Wilson writes that she was “Differing from the traditional male impersonator, or drag king, in the popular theater, Gladys Bentley did not try to ‘pass’ as a man, nor did she playfully try to deceive her audience into believing she was biologically male. Instead, she exerted a ‘black female masculinity’ that troubled the distinctions between black and white and masculine and feminine”. The Afro American (1936) described her stage act this way: “Prancing about in her cream-colored full-dress suit, her hair closely chopped and slicked down into a pompadour, Miss Bentley (whom many mistake for a man) delivers her prize number ‘Nothing Now Perplexes Like the Sexes, Because When You See Them Switch, You Can’t Tell Which is Which.’ In 1931, she scandalously married her white girlfriend in a civil ceremony in New Jersey. After the Great Depression, the social climate changed. By the time she had moved to LA in 1937 to watch over her mother, she was required to get special permits to dress in men’s clothing. Bentley told Ebony Magazine back in the ‘50s. “It seems I was born different. At least, I always thought so…From the time I can remember anything, even as I was toddling, I never wanted a man to touch me. Soon, I began to feel more comfortable in boys’ clothes than in dresses.” The U.S. House Committee on Un-American Activities investigated Bentley as a subversive because of her marriage to a white woman. Under pressure from the conservative McCarthy movement, Gladys started wearing dresses, was possibly forced to take estrogen, and eventually, somewhat unconvincingly, renounced her lesbianism.
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Aquino, Eloisa. Gladys Bentley: Life and Times of Butch Dykes. Montréal: B & D Press. 2010.
Doyle, JD. “Gladys Bentley”. Queer Music Heritage. http://www.queermusicheritage.com/bentley1.html.
Wilson, James F. Bulldaggers, Pansies, and Chocolate Babies: Performance, Race and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2011.

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