Book Review of Stone Butch Blues

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Book Review of Stone Butch Blues It is a novel of hate and love, pain and relief. It covered lots of social movements like stonewall riots, feminist movements and how did a he-she survive though all these changes. The main character “Jess” and the author Feinberg Leslie of Stone Butch Blues have very similar experience. They are both transgender who were struggling with lots of gender and identity issues. Escaped from his family and learned the butch living rules from Al in a gay bar, Jess started his journey. It has never been an easy one. Jess wasn’t safe at home because she was neither a cute girl nor a naughty boy. It’s unbearable to live in a family that doesn’t accept your own identity and tried to “correct” it from time to time. Jess isn’t safe at school, nobody wants to talk to him and he was terribly raped by school football players. Jess wasn’t safe while working in the factory, because everybody wanted to find something from him and tease him as a joke. The time they found he had “close relationship” with another female worker, Jess was asked to leave the factory. Jess was always the target of police men when they wash up gay bars. He most likely got beaten up or his life can be at risk. Ended up taking hormones and passing as men, Jess found a comparative safe way of living. However, his past lover Theresa left him because of that. As an autobiographical novel, the author himself was also damaged by the society of not fitting in any of the sex categories. This pressure needs to explore. As I know, this book was first spread secretly in lesbian underground community as an agent to strengthen the tie of lesbian community and give others like Jess some comfort. Later on, after this novel got published, people started to find it significant in queer studies and transgender issues. Better than a dead history, more people got to read
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