Femme Is a Verb: An Alternative Reading of Femininity and Feminism

  • Sarah Murray
Part of the Queer Studies and Education book series (QSTED)


Sarah Murray reflects on the radical potential of public negotiations of identity. On the surface, Murray’s piece proposes the possibility of revisionist feminine heterosexuality as a queer femme experience, asking questions about accessing a specific femininity through queer space. However, within each piece of her textual collage, she also submits herself as subject and attempts to create a piece of queer literature that struggles with a “straight” privileged identity coming to terms with femininity. In other words, “in its most simple terms,” Murray explains, “this is the story of how a straight girl tries to say ‘thank you’ to the queers who brought her home.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Murray
    • 1
  1. 1.CovinaUSA

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